Thursday, 3 August 2017

Clarification on the Immigration’s enforcement of identity number

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday said the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) enforcement does not say national e-ID card, but National Identification Number (NIN).

The Immigration Service had on Wednesday said it would not renew or issue International Passport to anybody without the National Identification Number (NIN) starting from January 1, 2018.

NIMC Head of Corporate Communications, Loveday Ogbonna, in a statement issued in Abuja explained that the E-ID card and the NIN are two different tokens issued by the NIMC.

“This stipulates that transactions, including applications for and issuance of an international passport; opening of individual and/or group bank accounts, all consumer credits; purchase of insurance policies; the 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 will be done only upon submitting of the National Identification Number (NIN),” he said.

“The commission, therefore calls on all Nigerians whom should be accompanied by their parents to use this period to visit any NIMC enrolment centre near them to enrol to avoid any delay of services due to lack of the National Identification number (NIN),” he added.

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