National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, yesterday announced that it would commence the enforcement of mandatory use of National Identification Number, NIN, from January, 2016.
To the end, the Commission has planned a smart enrolment exercise targeted at providing opportunity for Nigerians to enroll in the scheme.
A statement issued by the commission in Abuja yesterday noted that the commission had earlier planned the enforcement by September 1, 2015 but had to shift to January, 2016 following the recent directive by the President that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, should expeditiously harmonize their biometric databases.
According to the statement, the extension would enable the Commission progress further, the ongoing efforts with the MDAs that have reached advanced stages of harmonization with NIMC, including the CBN, FRSC, FIRS, PenCom, INEC, NHIS, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“This would help avoid the situation similar to what was experienced when the CBN wanted to enforce the cut-off date for the Bank Verification Number, BVN, leading to a late rush to meet the deadline/massive turn out of citizens and the troubles they had to go through.
“It 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,” the statement noted.
The commission, through the statement, noted that the management has taken into consideration the fact that the CBN had extended by a few months, the deadline for the completion of the 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, etc, citizens will not be required to have their biometrics taken every time by these institutions in the near future.

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