Your cit­i­zen­ship doubt­ful with­out iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber – NIMC boss tells Nige­ri­ans

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion [NIMC] has warned that any Nige­rian with­out the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber [NIN] runs the risk of be­ing re­garded as a for­eigner.

The NIMC’s Direc­tor Gen­eral Engr. Aliyu Aziz who gave the warn­ing at a press con­fer­ence in La­gos at the week­end also said NIN would elim­i­nate” ghosts, mul­ti­ple iden­ti­ties and en­hance abil­ity of cit­i­zens to as­sert their iden­tity’’.

“It is the duty of ev­ery cit­i­zen to en­rol and ob­tain his or her Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber, which en­ti­tles one to be fully re­garded as a Nige­rian cit­i­zen’’, he said, ad­ding that “with­out NIN any­one’s claims of be­ing a Nige­rian cit­i­zen are doubt­ful; that is what the NIMC Act stip­u­lates.’’

The NIMC boss said NIN would fa­cil­i­tate ser­vice de­liv­ery in MDAs and en­hance work of law en­force­ment agen­cies thereby pro­vid­ing pub­lic safety.

“It also en­hances ac­cess to credit from fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, pro­tects cit­i­zens from iden­tity theft thereby be­ing an an­ti­dote to iden­tity theft­driven frauds, it ex­pands ac­cess to other fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­clud­ing in­sur­ance, it en­hances e-com­merce by pro­vid­ing a means of pay­ment, it is a tool for non-re­pu­di­a­tion and se­cu­rity for fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions and it fa­cil­i­ties fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion and hence cash­less econ­omy’’, he stated.

NIMC DG, Engr Aliyu Aziz

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