20180919

Mandatory Use Of Identity Numbers Begins In January 2019

The Federal Government says it is enforcing the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) beginning from January 1, 2019.

"The FEC’s approval of the new Digital Identity Ecosystem will bring into full force the implementation of the provisions of the NIMC Act 23, 2007, which include the enforcement of the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) and the application of appropriate sanctions and penalties on defaulters as provided under Section 28 of the NIMC Act."

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the mandatory usage of the identification number was sequel to Federal Executive Council (FEC’s) approval last week of the immediate commencement of the implementation of a strategic roadmap for a new Digital Identity Ecosystem.

FEC at its meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari last week approved the new identity ecosystem strategy for the enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB).

Eventually, “Only the NIMC, Nigeria Police Force and other related security agencies shall store biometric data."