Minors can’t get na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card – NIMC

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The Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion (NIMC) says minors can­not ob­tain the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Cards (NIC) un­til they are 16 years of age.

Mr Love­day Og­bonna, the Head, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs of the com­mis­sion, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yes­ter­day in Abuja that they could only be is­sued with Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (NIN).

Og­bonna said that for any mi­nor to be en­rolled, he or she must be ac­com­pa­nied by his or her par­ent or guardian, who must have ob­tained NIC.

He said that any mi­nor ap­ply­ing for the card must pro­duce birth cer­tifi­cate, school ad­mis­sion let­ter or any other rel­e­vant school doc­u­ments like the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Scheme (NHIS) iden­tity card.

“Rel­e­vant doc­u­ments prov­ing the mi­nor’s iden­tity should be pro­vided by the par­ent or guardian at the en­rol­ment cen­tre.

“The ap­pli­cant’s par­ent or guardian must also pro­vide his or her ini­tially is­sued NIC slip or ver­i­fi­ca­tion,’’ Og­bonna said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, par­ent or guardian’s NIC must be cor­rectly cap­tured to avoid de­lay in the is­suance of NIN to the mi­nor ap­pli­cant.

He ex­plained that an en­rol­ment form would be filled with the ap­pli­cant’s re­quired de­tails.

“Af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the en­rol­ment form, the ap­pli­cant’s de­mo­graphic data will be cap­tured,’’ Og­bonna said.

NAN re­calls that reg­is­tra­tion of minors started in Jan­uary.

The Nigeria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice re­cently said it will stop is­su­ing in­ter­na­tional pass­port to per­sons that have no na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion by 2018

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