The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said there is no plan to extend the January 2018 deadline already set for all Nigerians to have gotten their National Identity Numbers (NINs) and present same to Immigration as a pre-condition for the issuance of Nigerian passport for both renewal and maiden applicants as the official travel document.
The Director General NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this in an interview with New Telegraph at a forum in Lagos where issues of data analytics for combating fraud was the crux of discussion.
“Yes, as you are aware, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has recently stated that starting from January 2018, renewal or fresh application for national passport will be contingent of the applicant ability to present the NINs as a form of identification and as NIMC, we are also holding on to this. So, it is sacrosanct,” Aziz told this newspaper yesterday.
The DG explained that NIMC has opened more than 800 enrolment centres across the country, urging Nigerians to go and get their NINs and have the certificate with them, saying the issuing of physical cards will come subsequently. “What is important now is the NINs, not the card.
New Telegraph, November 9, 2017
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