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Make ‘National ID requirement for asset declaration’ in Nigeria

Make ‘National ID requirement for asset declaration’ in Nigeria
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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) wants the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to make the National Identification Number (NIN) a basic requirement for asset declaration in the country.

Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General/ CEO, NIMC,  made the proposal at a Code of Conduct Sensitization Workshop held recently at the NIMC headquarters in Abuja.

It is vital for the two agencies to collaborate and make the NIN a basic requirement for all public officers who come forward for asset declaration, Aziz says.

The NIN will allow the Code of Conduct Bureau tie all records of public officers together, and automate the process so that you can search for an individual and his assets with the unique NIN, head of the National ID agency says.

The NIN will allow the Code of Conduct Bureau tie all records of public officers together, and automate the process so that you can search for an individual and his assets with the unique NIN, head of the National ID agency says.

Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General/CEO of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), seen during the interview with Technology Times at the NIMC Headquarters in Abuja.
Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General/CEO of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), seen during the interview with Technology Times at the NIMC Headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, NIMC wants to work as an ecosystem with all data collecting agencies, save billions of tax payers’ money, and work towards the same goal of creating a unique National Identity Database in Nigeria.

The ecosystem will go a long way in eliminating duplication of efforts and responsibility, and enhance security especially in the area of information sharing.

“We are currently working with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) who have made the NIN mandatory for land allocation within the FCT; and this process allows them track assets and transactions”, Aziz says

He applauds the management of the Code of Conduct Bureau for the visit, and the effort to enlighten and sensitize public officers on the codes and ethics of work expected of public officers in Nigeria.

Responding, Mr. Michael Okwose, the Deputy Director, Code of Conduct Bureau promised to take back word to his Director General, on the need to include the NIN in the data capturing process of public officers at the point of registration.

He also called on all members of staff of NIMC to abide by the codes and work ethics of the public officers, and cautioned against bribe taking, abuse of power, accepting and or soliciting for gifts/benefits of any kind, etc.

Okowose says every public officer must ensure that they declare their assets three months after joining any government organization and every four years or be ready to face the law.

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