Beginning from January 9, 2016, public and private enterprises must demand for National Identity Numbers (NINs) from Nigerians seeking to transact business with them, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said.
Also, bank customers with Bank Verification Numbers will now have their data integrated into the NIMC’s database, as directed by President Muhammad Buhari, the Managing Director, Barrister Chris Onyemenam said in Abuja, weekend.
Oyemenam who addressed a press conference along with officials of the Nigeria InterBank Settlement System (NIBSS) and the Nigeria Police said NIMC signed an MOU with NIBSS and the harmonisation would soon commence.
NIMC said the harmonisation will save Nigerians of troubles of undergoing multiple registrations in future. Onyemenam also attributed the slow registration process to low availability of funds for the project, saying those who have collected their NIN will soon get their smartcards.
Deputy Inspector of Police In charge of Investigation in the Nigeria Police, Christopher Kakwe Katso said the national identity scheme would go a long way reducing crimes in the country.
He said the police had not been able to solve most of the high profile murder cases in the country because of absence of proper identity database.