FG to re­strict res­i­dence per­mit

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Comptroller-Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice, Mo­hammed Ba­band­ede said as from Jan­uary 2018, there will be no res­i­dence per­mit re­newal for for­eign­ers with­out na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber.

Ba­band­ede said this yes­ter­day while ad­dress­ing State House re­porters af­ter a meet­ing of data­base har­mo­niza­tion com­mit­tee.

He also stated that any­one with­out iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber from the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion (NIMC) would no longer be is­sued the Nige­rian pass­port, ex­plain­ing that this was aimed at eas­ing busi­ness in Nige­ria.

“There is a prac­ti­cal com­mit­ment to this; we’ve agreed that from 2018, 1st Jan­uary, any­body who is go­ing to ap­ply for Nige­rian Pass­port, whether re­newal or fresh must first have a NIMC num­ber, na­tional iden­tity num­ber. We want to ease busi­ness for Nige­ria. There is no need for you to go and have your bio met­ric cap­tured by NIMC and then you come and cap­ture again with the Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tions. Once you give us your NIMC num­ber we will col­lect the bio met­ric from NIMC and pro­duce your pass­port.

“I have also given di­rec­tive that any for­eigner, non Nige­rian res­i­dent in Nige­ria will not get his per­mit re­newed. He or she will not get his re­newed un­til he has a NIMC num­ber. To achieve this, NIMC and pass­port num­bers will be har­mo­nized and we are com­mit­ted to al­low NIMC in im­mi­gra­tion.

“All NIMC staff can work in our pass­port of­fice, so when you come to get the pass­port you can also get the Na­tional iden­tity card. The NIMC has also al­lowed im­mi­gra­tion staff to work in their of­fices, so any­body who is com­ing to claim Nige­rian cit­i­zen­ship they will help to iden­tify that cit­i­zen. That is the co­op­er­a­tion that we have had so far,” he said.

Asked whether tax cer­tifi­cate would be a pre­con­di­tion for ob­tain­ing pass­port, he said: “We’re not talk­ing of tax; we’re talk­ing of e-gov­ern­ment. We want to have one e-gov­ern­ment. What gov­ern­ment is say­ing is that when you want to col­lect any fa­cil­ity from any gov­ern­ment agency, you don’t need to look for the doc­u­ment from any other gov­ern­ment agency.

“We should be able to ac­cess it, we should be able to know whether you have paid your tax or not. If you are com­ing through the air­port and you want to leave Nige­ria, we should be able to know that this guy has not paid his tax and you should be able to pay your tax be­fore you de­part. We are look­ing at one e-gov­ern­ment and it is pos­si­ble.”

Photo: NAN

Sit­ting: Ghana­ian Pres­i­dent, Nana Akufo-Addo (6th R); Min­is­ter of De­fence, re­tired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (5th R); Com­man­dant of the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, Rear Adm. Sa­muel Alade (7th R); Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Mr Ge­of­frey Onyeama (3th R); Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas (2nd R); some se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, dig­ni­taries and par­tic­i­pants of the NDC course 25 dur­ing their grad­u­a­tion lec­ture de­liv­ered by the Ghana­ian Pres­i­dent, in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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