Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MDAs, Banks, Embassies To Enforce National Identification Number From Sept

The federal government has directed banks, foreign embassies and ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government to make it compulsory for Nigerians to provide their National Identification Number (NIN) as a form of identification on all transactions in the country with effect from September 1, 2015.

According to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the NIN will be used for all transactions that pertains to the identification of individuals, saying this is why all Nigerians must avail themselves of the opportunity of being registered in the National Identity Database and getting a NIN.

The NIMC had in recent newspaper advertorials between April 27-May 4, 2015, stated that the use of the NIN shall become mandatory as from September 1, 2015, for all transactions offered by applicable government institutions.

These transactions, pursuant to section 27 (1) and (2) of the NIMC Act 2007 include application for and issuance of an international passport. Others are opening of individual and/or group bank accounts, all consumer credits, purchase of insurance policies, purchase, transfer and registration of land by any individual, National Health Insurance Scheme, such transactions that have social security implications, registration of voters, payment of taxes, and pensions, etc.

The general manager, Inspectorate, Regulatory & Compliance Services, NIMC, Mrs Hadiza Dagabana, said, “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. Any individual, institutions/body that fails to comply with the above has committed an offence punishable under Section 28 of the NIMC Act.

“Nigerians are urged to appreciate the full import of the NIMC mandate and understand that the three decades old problem of identity management in Nigeria has been fixed since 2012 by the NIMC through a unique identification infrastructure for Nigeria and the subsequent launch of the national e-ID card scheme in 2014.”


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