ABUJA NIGERIA. Trouble ahead for Nigerians as a new Federal Govt directive, on the implementation of mandatory usage of the National Identification Number (NIN) takes effect from 1st January 2019, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced.
By that federal directive, therefore, the usage of the NIN will now become mandatory, from January 1, 2019 to access any government service across the country.
According to Engr. Aliyu Aziz, the Director-General (DG) of NIMC, all federal government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDA), that take records of personnel/provide services requiring the identification of a person, shall from January 1, 2019 mandatorily demand the NIN from all citizens before offering any public or emergency services.
Explaining how the mandatory usage of the NIN will be implemented, Engr. Aziz allayed the fears of the public that the cut-off date might pose a challenge to citizens or jeopardise their access to government services, or indeed, put their citizenship in any doubt.
“The process is simple and shall bring no stress to anyone. When the Federal Executive Council says mandatory usage of the NIN from January 1, 2019, it means that from that date onward, the agencies providing services listed under Section 27 of the NIMC Act and Section 1 of the Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations 2017 shall demand the NIN from citizens or legal residents before offering them any service.”DG NIMC
Speaking further, Engr. Aziz assured Nigerians that no one shall be denied any government services on account of not having the NIN.
Ministries and Agencies such as Education, Aviation, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, National Population Commission, National Independent Electoral Commission, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian Communications Commission, National Health Insurance Scheme, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Nigeria Police Force, Security and Exchange Commission etc. must request and verify the NIN as already adopted by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Commission and the National Pension Commission.
more details soon…….