NIMC pushes to make NIN mandatory for access to government services

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) wants the National Identity Number (NIN) to become a mandatory requirement for accessing government services.

On Thursday, NIMC Director General Aliyu Azeez led a delegation from NIMC management to the office of the Director General, Bureau of Civil Service Reforms (BPSR), Dasuki, to seek support for the proposal.

Mr Azeez said the visit was to register NIMC’s gratitude to BPSR for facilitating the adoption of NIN in JAMB’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and also for issuance of travel passports by the Nigerian Immigration Service.

He noted that the number of Nigerians registered with the NIN had risen to 75 million from just seven million in 2015.

Mr Azeez also said that the NIMC had developed a mobile application, with which members of the general public can access vital information about their NIN registration and print it out.

In response, Mr Arabi commended the Chief Executive of the NIMC for the “remarkable” job he is doing in updating the mandate of the Commission and also facilitating the registration of millions of Nigerians in its citizen database.

He called on the other senior staff of NIMC to lend their support to Mr. Azeez, who he said remained steadfast and determined to deliver on the visions and missions of the Commission.

Mr. Arabi assured that BPSR is ready to roll out its Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) program on NIMC, with a view to identifying areas of weakness and challenges facing the Commission, despite the great successes that she recorded.


Ashley C. Reynolds