The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has postponed the date for the commencement of the mandatory use of the National Identification Number (NIN), from September 1, this year to January 9, next year.
The Commission had earlier directed that all transactions involving the identification of individuals as specified in Section 27 of NIMC Act, must be done with the NIN beginning from September 1, this year.
The extension would enable the Commission to progress further on ongoing efforts with the MDAs that have reached advanced stages of harmonisation with NIMC including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Safety Commission (FRSC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Pension Commission (PenCom), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).
Furthermore NIMC 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 harmonisation which will effectively link all MDA biometric databases – INEC, FRSC, PenCom, FIRS/JTB, NHIS, FMARD and others, citizens will not be required to have their biometrics taken every time by these institutions in the near future.