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NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: NIMC AND TELECOM OPERATORS DELIBERATE ON JANUARY 2019 DEADLINE

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The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Aliyu Aziz met with the management of mobile network operators in the country under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) led by its Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, on how to ensure smooth transition of processes towards the January 1, 2019 deadline given by the Federal Government for the compulsory use of the National Identification Number.

According to Aliyu, the discussion was based on the implementation of the recently launched Digital Identity Ecosystem organized by NIMC which gave the telecom operators about 150 million customers.

 Aliyu clarified that “The Digital Identity Ecosystem is a sustainable scheme where any of the data collecting Government agencies or licensed private agency can enroll and capture data from citizens and legal residents and send to the NIMC backend”.

The NIMC DG, who said the mobile operators’ critical stakeholders towards the January 1, 2019 deadline for the mandatory use of the NIN, also used the opportunity to explain the effect and implication of the ‘mandatory use of NIN’ in the Federal Government’s directive.

“Some people have the wrong impression that by January 1, 2019, by mandatory use of the NIN means everyone in Nigeria must have the NIN. This is not correct. Rather, what it means is that to access any services as specified under Section 27 (1) of the NIMC Act 2007, a person must have the NIN; where one does not have it, any government agency or private sector operator to be licensed by NIMC offering such services that fall under the mandatory use of the NIN, must immediately enroll the person and generate the NIN under the Digital Identity Ecosystem I explained earlier,” he stated.

Section 27 – (1) of the NIMC Act 2007 states: “As from the date specified in that regard in regulation made by the Commission, the National Identity Number issued to a registered individual must be presented for the following transactions, that is: application for, and issuance of a passport; opening of individual and/or personal bank accounts; purchase of insurance policies; subject to the provisions of the Land Use Act, the purchase, transfer and registration of land by any individual or any transaction connected therewith; such transactions pertaining to individuals as may be prescribed and regulated by the Pension Reform Act, 2004; such transactions specified under the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme; such transactions that have social security implications; all consumer credit transactions; registration of voters and payment of taxes;

And, Section 27 (2) of the Act states: “Any authority or organisation to which a person applies to carry out any transaction listed under sub section (1) of this section shall request such person to produce his Multipurpose Identity Card or National Identification Number.”

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