NIMC approves regulations for mandatory National Identification Number

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has endorsed five regulations to support the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIM).

The endorsement was a follow-up to an approval by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Justice in November 2017.

The gazetted guidelines are: “Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number (NIN) Regulations, 2017, the Nigeria Biometrics Standard Regulations, 2017, Registration of Persons and Contents of the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017.

Others are Access to Register Information in the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017 and Licensing of the Frontend Services of the National Identity Management Commission Regulations, 2017.

A statement by the General Manager, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Services (LR&CS), Mrs. Hadiza Dagabana, said it was aimed at realising the NIMC mandate in the upcoming years.

She said: “With the increase and expansion of the commission’s activities, the new policy is seeking to develop the identity eco-system in the country, as well as meeting its mandate of harmonising all identity-related databases.

“It is necessary to promulgate regulations which consist of the set of principles, practices, policies, processes and procedures to be utilised in achieving the desired objectives.

“The regulations would ensure that the commission actualises and effectively delivers on the NIMS project.”

The commission had in November 2016 announced the commencement process to document and publish these regulations, pursuant to Sections 27 and 31 of the NIMC Act, 2007.

The Act provides supplementary regulations to cover the commission’s various services and offerings.

Draft copies of the regulations had been widely circulated to various governments, private and security agencies, as well as the general public for their comments, inputs and opinions.

The NIMC had earlier in the year, disclosed that the identification number would become a major pre-condition for citizenship, adding that an enforcement of no NIN, no international passport, may begin in January 2018.

The Director-General of the NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, had at a press conference in Lagos, warned that any Nigerian without the NIN would be regarded as a non-Nigerian citizen.