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The trend in Nigeria now is to get the new national identity card, especially as most applications, if not all, now require this id. So I had no choice than to get mine. There are 2 ways of applying; there’s the fast process and the slow process (at least that’s what I call it).
THE SLOW PROCESS : Basically, you head over to one of the data capture/registration centers. You would have to stay on a queue, take numbers and wait for your turn. and start afresh.
THE FAST PROCESS : This is where being computer literate becomes useful. All you have to do is pre-register on the website and print out the slip with a bar code, then walk into any center and complete the process. I’m a very busy person, and computer literate, so, obviously, I went for the fast process.
Just as a heads-up, there are currently 37 registration centers in Nigeria, with one located in each state. This is just wrong considering the fact that we have a state like Lagos that is basically overpopulated. But anyway, I digress.
My Experience: After printing my slip, I headed over to the Lagos NIMC branch at Plot 1, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Opposite Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja – Lagos. Nigeria.
When I got there, I was directed to come in , switch off my phone and sit in a particular section by one guy. It was really creepy because the guy I had to sit next to was staring at me through out. Anyways, I was called to get my height measured since I wrote crap as my height (Lool, I wrote 172cm, who dash me ??? ). After my height was measured, I had to wait for another 10-15 minutes, then my name was called. The attendant was quite nice and all she had to do was scan my barcode to get my details. She corrected some of my information, took my fingerprint and picture. After that, I was asked to wait again, I think for about 8 minutes. Then a temporary slip was given to me (apparently, the main Id card will be issued within the next 6 months).
Overall, fairly simple process in my opinion. Fellow Nigerians (Coughs), Go get your National Identity Card NOW!!! ReviewNaija Cares. 🙂
PS – remember the guy that kept on staring, he came outside to ask for my number *winks*