National Identity Number Compulsory from September

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Abdulhamid Umar

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Any Nigerian who wants to obtain passport, open bank accounts, among others must produce a national identity card from September, this year

FROM September 1, this year, the National Identity Number, NIN, will be required for all transactions involving the identification of individuals in Nigeria. Hence, the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, which is in charge of NIN issuance, has called on Nigerians to avail themselves the opportunity of enrolling in the national identity database to get their NIN.

Abdulhamid Umar, NIMC general manger, in a statement, corporate communications, on Sunday, June 21, said the agency had been advertising in some national dailies that the use of NIN would become mandatory for all transactions offered by applicable government institutions from September 1. Quoting section 27 (1) and (2) of the NIMC Act, 2007, the commission said transactions involved that required the NIN, include application for, and issuance of international passport, opening of individual and/or group bank accounts.

Also affected are all consumer credits, purchase of insurance policies, purchase, transfer and registration of land by any individual, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, such transactions that have social security implications, registration of voters, payment of taxes and pensions, among others.

“Consequently, any government agency/institution, bank, insurance company and all other institutions offering services and/or involved in transactions requiring the identity of an individual must first demand for the NIN,” Hadiza Dangana, NIMC general manager, Inspectorate, Regulatory and Compliance Services, said, adding that any individual and corporate organisation that failed to comply would be punished under section 28 of the NIMC Act.

The commission would want Nigerians to appreciate the full import of the NIMC mandate and understand that the three-decades-old problem of identity management in Nigeria had been fixed since 2012 by the NIMC’s unique identification infrastructure and the subsequent launch of the National e-ID Card scheme in 2014.

The agency disclosed that there are about 404 enrolment centres nationwide, and that cards were currently been issued in the state offices across the nation and that the Federal Capital Territory, adding that the exercise would be hastened as soon as the commission scales up its facilities and infrastructure.

— Jun 22, 2015 @ 14:45 GMT

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