The Federal Government is to cancel old Nigeria National ID cards under a phase out process planned by the nation’s identity management agency, Technology Times can confirm.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) which has outlined plans to phase out older Nigeria National ID cards has not fixed a commencement date for the exercise to invalidate older versions of ID cards in circulation.
Technology Times review of a draft regulation by the Nigerian ID management agency, NIMC, shows that the phase out will affect all National ID cards issued by the defunct Directorate of National Civic Registration (DNCR), which was then under the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
When the NIMC regulation goes into force, it will be the guiding instrument for the registration and acquisition of Nigeria National Identity card across the country.
Its coming into force will also render current National ID cards issued by the defunct DNCR “invalid”, the agency’s draft regulation has outlined.
The Nigeria National ID Number (NIN), which is the unique ID number generated after the collection of biometric information and verification, is issued to all Nigerians and long term residents in the country.
The national identity body says when the new regulation takes effect, it shall announce a Transition Period during which all those in possession of the current National ID cards are expected to re-register in accordance with the new regulations and be issued a new National ID card.
On the expiration of the ‘Transition Period’, all affected Nigeria National ID cards will no longer be accepted as a means of identification in the country and beyond.
NIMC says that in realisation of its responsibilities under the National Identity Management Commissions Act, 2007, and in the effective implementation of its responsibilities and mandate under the Act, it shall ensure the effective enforcement of these Regulations.
“The Commission shall by an announcement on its website, other means of communication or by subsequent Regulations, determine the date on which the Transition Period shall commence and end,” NIMC says.
When NIMC announces the Transition Period, “every Registrable Person who, as at the effective date of this Regulation, is in possession of a valid National Identity Card issued by the defunct Directorate of National Civic Registration (“DNCR”) shall immediately present himself/herself at an Enrollment Center and be registered in accordance with the provisions of the Act and these Regulations.
“The National Identity Cards issued before the commencement of the Act shall remain valid until the expiration of the Transition Period,” the Commission says.
“All National Identity Cards issued by the DNCR shall from the date so determined and announced become invalid and shall not be used for any identification purposes,” NIMC added.
For the purposes of enrollment and registration, the Commission says Registrable Persons shall further be categorized into two:
- Registrable Persons Sixteen (16) years and above who shall be issued with both the National Identification Number (NIN) and General Multipurpose Identity Card (GMPC) upon enrollment.
- Registrable Persons below Sixteen (16) years of age who shall be issued with a NIN only at the time of enrollment but shall, on attainment of the age of Sixteen (16) years, be issued with a GMPC.
It may be recalled that Technology Times recently published a report on the list of essential services one cannot get without the national ID card, which includes telephony, Internet, banking and hotel lodging.
These essential services, among others will require mandatory National ID in Nigeria, cutting across wide-ranging industries in the public and private sectors.
Under a proposed legislation underway at NIMC, it will become mandatory for all institutions or authorities offering the affected services in Nigeria to require any person transacting with them to produce his NIN.
The Commission thus calls on all Registrable Person who has attained the age of 16 to enrol at the Enrollment Center closest to him/her for enrollment as soon as the Transition period is announced.