Source: Daily Trust (Abuja)
At its weekly meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the Federal Executive Council [FEC] endorsed the mandatory use of National Identification Number [NIN] as from January 1, 2019. This, according to Director General of the National Identity Management Commission [NIMC] Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, followed approval by the Federal Government of the immediate implementation of a strategic roadmap for a new Digital Identity Ecosystem. The new identity ecosystem strategy involves the enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database, NIDB.
Aziz said, “FEC’s approval of the Digital Identity Ecosystem will bring into full force the implementation of the NIMC Act 23, 2007, which include the enforcement of the mandatory use of the National Identification Number [NIN] and the application of appropriate sanctions and penalties on defaulters as provided under Section 28 of the NIMC Act.” He said the cut-off date for data eligible for harmonization with NIDB is December 1, 2018. This means only data captured as at November 30, 2018 will be subjected to harmonization. Fresh data capture of persons shall be in compliance with the provisions set out in the Nigeria Biometric Standards and Guidelines set by the Commission.
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