NIMC shifts mandatory use of ID number till January
The commission had earlier directed that all transactions involving the identification of individuals as specified in Section 27 of the NIMC Act must be done with the NIN beginning from September 1, 2015.
NIMC said the extension of the September date followed the recent directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should expeditiously harmonise their biometric databases.
The extension, according to a statement, signed by the commission’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Abdulhamid Umar, would enable the NIMC progress further, ongoing efforts with the MDAs that have reached advanced stages of harmonization with NIMC including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Pension Commission (PenCom) , Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD).
Umar said this would help avoid the situation similar to what was experienced when the CBN wanted to enforce the cut off date for the BVN, leading to a late rush to meet the deadline/massive turn out of citizens and the troubles they had to go through.
He added that the extension in date would also help ensure that the need for double enrolment is reduced to the barest minimum during this transition period when the harmonization is being implemented.
According to him, NIMC has taken into consideration the fact that the CBN had extended by a few months, the deadline for the completion of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) exercise thus extending the time frame for the completion of the harmonization it has begun with the CBN on the BVN programme.
“It is expected that with the planned harmonization which will effectively link all MDA biometric databases – INEC, FRSC, PenCom, FIRS/JTB, NHIS, FMARD, among others, citizens will not be required to have their biometrics taken every time by these institutions in the near future,” he stated.