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Why You Need to Enroll for NIN, Now!

What is NIN?

NIN, stands for National Identification Number. It is a record of your demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data, and digital signature in the National Identity Database.

Who is Enforcing the Enrollment for NIN?

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)

Why Enroll for NIN?

Now more than ever, it’s mandatory, for every transaction, not to mention, exercising your Franchise, which is your right to vote and be voted for in the upcoming elections.

No NIN, no voting, so don’t disenfranchise yourself. There is more. The National e-ID card is the future and your NIN registration is the only road in that direction. Do you want to travel? International passport application & acquisition is mandatory and your NIN is required. I believe it’s no longer news, that your bank accounts will have your BVN replaced with your NIN. How about your freedom to drive a car? You need the NIN to get a driver’s license.

Health is wealth, they say, and the National Health Insurance Scheme requires your NIN for registration and participation. Taxes are part of your civil obligations and your NIN is the only link to the database to verify your commitment to paying your taxes, in order not to be mistaken for a tax evader. What about transactions related to your contributory pension scheme? you don’t want to lose your hard-earned, life savings just because you were too busy for the NIN.

Why risk getting disconnected from your telecom service provider for not linking your

SIM to NIN; not to mention new regulation for SIM registration and replacements. Access to the welfare and other relevant services from the Nigerian government requires your NIN; so the next time there is a palliative, they might be asking for your NIN. Also, transactions with social security implications require your NIN.

Finally, it’s everybody’s dream to become a landlord but Land transactions, subject to Land Use require proper identification and that can only be guaranteed with the NIN.

Requirements for NIN Enrollment

Now, I believe you must be looking through your things for your birth certificate or declaration of age, driver’s License, government staff ID card, registered/recognized private organization staff ID card, tax clearance certificate, attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community.

Find the nearest NIMC Enrollment Centre with your BVN if you have one and any of the documents listed, follow the link https://nimc.gov.ng/how-to-enrol-adults/  for more information on required documents. Save yourself the pain today and register for NIN.

Who Needs to Enroll for NIN?

Every Nigerian, home and abroad. A civil obligation and duty to Nigeria to help her gather data, necessary for proper management of development goals, migration-related issues, and democratic governance.

Who to Talk to for Useful Information and Assistance with the NIN Enrollment.

AYGF is a Non-governmental organization committed to ensuring development in Africa, linked to democracy, governance, and development. AYGF is Licensed by NIMC, to facilitate and assist the general public, with the enrollment process for the NIN.

A step in the right direction, towards achieving so many of the organization’s set goals for Nigeria, and Africa at large, as embedded in its mission and vision statements. Follow this link https://www.aygf.org for more information and sign up for Newsletters. You can also send an email to Info@aygf.org.

 

Abba Abba

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Why We All Have to Advocate for the protection of Migrants

Who is a Migrant?

Photo of Migrants at Jibya border Katsina state © Mohammed Ahmed/ Nigerian Immigrations service 2019.

 A migrant is a person who moves from his/her place of usual residence within a Country or across International Borders temporarily or permanently. Technically speaking, the term applies to you and me.

Why do people Migrate?

People migrate for a plethora of reasons, you must agree, given you have migrated for a reason or two in the past. The fact remains, that people will continue to migrate for economic, socio-political, and religious reasons, and it will be an abuse of their migrants’ rights to stop them.

What are Migrants’ Rights?

Migrants’ rights are human rights because everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the Borders of any Country and the rights to leave any Country including his/her own and to return to his/her Country. Militating against the exercise of these rights would be migrants’ rights abuse.

 

What are the Different Shades of Migrants’ Rights abuse?

Photos of Nigerian migrants being held in detention and tortured in Libya. © Moayad Zaghdani/ IOM 2020.

Listening to migrants tell tales of their ordeals across foreign Borders, has attracted sympathy, which has developed into empathy to take a stand against, unlawful detention, extortion, and all other forms of physical emotional, and psychological abuses. It’s no longer news that migrants face dehumanizing and life-threatening predicaments at foreign Borders, the Nigerian situation in Libya was just one example of migrants’ rights abuse.

What are the Drivers of Migrants’ Rights Abuse?

To address the problem, we must isolate the culprit, which includes;

  • Ignorance of Migrants’ rights
  • Poor technical and operational capacity
  • Corruption
  • Inter-agency rivalries and red-tapism
  • Poor technological application, working conditions, and incentives.
  • Poor oversight and ethical operational deficiencies.

Present Interventions to Prevent the Abuse of Migrants’ rights.

The European Union and other International development Organizations are working tirelessly to curb irregular migration and to protect the rights of migrants; part of the EU intervention is ‘The EU-IOM Initiative for Migrants’ Protection and Reintegration in Nigeria to supports the Capacity Building of Border Operatives for Migrants’ Protection (CABBOMP).

AYGF is currently engaged by International Organization for Migration (IOM) to  implement this project in three major Borders across Nigeria, which includes; Seme Border ( Lagos State), Mfum Border (Cross River State,) and Jibya Border ( Katsina State), with one goal in mind, which is to protect migrants, the objectives of this project are highlighted as follows;

 

  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of Border operatives on issues.
  • Raise consciousness of border operatives on the need to operate within the existing national, regional, and international protocol on protection of Migrants
  • Facilitation of operational efficiency and inter-agency cooperation at the Borders.
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of compliance by Border operatives.
  • Improved Migrant Protection and human rights conditions in Seme Border (Lagos State), Jibya Border (Katsina State), and Mfum Border (Cross River State).

Photo from (CABBOMP) press conference © Sakeenah  Ahmed/ AYGF

Conclusion.

Knowing that we are all migrants is enough reason to support projects and initiatives that have been put in place to protect us when we carry that status across an International Borders.

Find out more about (CABBOMP) at www.aygf.org or send an e-mail to info@aygf.org. You can also follow updates, support with comments, and petitions through the organization’s social media handles.

 

Abba Abba

 

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WEBINAR

AYGF in Partnership With German Cooperation (GIZ), Hosted a Webinar Event on June 4, 2020 on The Theme “Impact of COVID-19 on Jobs, Social Protection and Migrant Workers in Nigeria” from 11am – 1pm.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Lorwa Apera (National Coordinator Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office – NASSCO)
  • Ayuba Wabba (National President NLC)
  • Otive Igbuzor (Founder, African Centre For Leadership Strategy and Development and AYGF Board Member)
  • Hajara Umar Sami (Ag. Nat. Coordinator and Fed. Dpt. Direct, Youth Employment Social Support Operation – YESSO)

MODERATORS:

  • Sandra Vemuljten (Team Leader Programme Migration for Development, GIZ)

Dr Arome Salifu (Executive Director AYGF)

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FIRE OUTBREAK AT THE TREASURY HOUSE

It is with deep reflection and complete sense of duty and responsibility that AYGF addresses the press on the fire incident at the Treasury House, Abuja on Wednesday, 8th April, 2020.

While we wish to sympathize with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation and Nigeria over the incidence, it is our considered position that the fire incident might not be caused by natural causes and could be by agents of corruption who are desperate and trying very hard to cover up their dirty and corrupt tracks.

Accordingly, we wish to call for full and thorough investigation to unravel the true circumstances leading to the fire incident and the identities of those behind it for decisive prosecution and maximum punishment to serve as deterrent.

While we commend the effort of fire fighters in putting out the fire, for avoidance of similar antics in the future by agents of corruption in government, there must be deliberate effort to have systems and infrastructures that could put a permanent stop to incidences of fire outbreak and other incidences capable of compromising the safety and security public of public records particularly the high-profile establishments like the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

Finally, we urge Nigerians to keep adhering strictly to the ‘golden rules’ in the ongoing lockdown and safety measures on the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

God bless Nigeria!

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AYGF HOLDS OUR QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING

On the 22nd of August 2019, AYGF had its quarterly Board meeting together with its Board members. The meeting was successful and we had a detailed and in-depth review of where we are currently, highlighting our various successes and challenges to help pull out lessons we need to take note of and to brainstorm on achieving greater impact going forward.

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AYGF Pays a Stakeholder Consultation Visit Together With IOM (International Organization for Migration) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

AYGF paid advocacy and stakeholders visit to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 1st of August 2019 together with an IOM representative present to help foster relationships with the Embassies in Nigeria to better deliver the EU-IOM funded project titled “Extension of Labour Inspection Activity and Labour Law Enforcement to Sectors and Workplaces Where Migrant Workers May be Present”.
We were received by the Ag. Director Consular, in the person of Mr. Manu Mohammed, and other foreign affairs official. An introduction was  made of the organization and the project highlighted.
The Ministry thanked us for the visit and project presentation. He assured us of helping with any assistance we require in contacting the different Embassies.

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AYGF Pays Stakeholder Consultation Visit to the National Human Rights Commission

On the 30th July 2019, AYGF, the Africa Youth Growth Foundation visited The National Human Rights Commission.  We were received by Mr. Nasir Ladan mni, The Director of Human Rights Education and Promotion, and other officials.
An introduction was done, and the objectives of the project were mentioned to the commission. Inquiries were made on the provision of human rights to migrants and the extent to which these rights were protected, especially the rights of migrant workers. Also requested was information on any area gaps in the implementation of the rights of migrant workers.
Assurance was given that there are well-implemented laws in place that protects everyone living in Nigeria regardless of Nationality and that the National Human Rights Commission together with various stakeholders continues to monitor compliance with these laws. Also mentioned were plans to train MDAs on how to mainstream the rights of migrant workers.

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AYGF CONSULTS THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS ON THE ONGOING PROJECT “EXTENSION OF LABOUR INSPECTION ACTIVITIES AND LABOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SECTORS AND WORKPLACES WHERE MIGRANT WORKERS MAY BE PRESENT”

Africa Youth Growth Foundation paid an advocacy visit to the Nigeria Labour Congress at the Labour House in Abuja on the 23rd of July 2019.

AYGF was at Labour House to intimate the NLC on the EU-IOM funded project – “Extension of Labour Inspection Activity and Labour Law Enforcement to Sectors and Workplaces Where Migrant Workers May be Present”. AYGF and NLC discussed the issues around migrant workers and labour inspection services in the country, and they agreed to provide all support and information they have readily available on issues of Migrant workers in Nigeria.

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AYGF PAYS ADVOCACY VISIT TO THE EMBASSY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

AYGF paid an advocacy and stakeholders engagement visit to the German Embassy in Abuja on 22nd of July 2019 in Abuja in respect of the EU-IOM funded extension of labour inspection activity and labour law enforcement to sectors and work places where migrant workers may be present project. The AYGF delegation was received by Mr Lief E. Strobner, The Head of Refugees, Migration and Humanitarian Aid in Nigeria and ECOWAS Region.  Mr lief pledged on behalf of the German mission the necessary support that will see to the success of the project.

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