Nigeria will generate National ID Number (NIN) from phone user registration records in the country, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said.
The mandatory Subscriber Identification Mode (SIM) card registration scheme requires that all phone subscribers’ biometric information be captured by phone companies in the country, following a Federal Government directive.
Meanwhile, NIMC said that it has decided to link National ID Number (NIN) with phone registration data obtained from the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to NIMC, the government agency responsible for National Identity Database in Nigeria, NIN is the unique number that identifies all Nigerians for life and is issued by NIMC after your enrolment.[/quote]According to NIMC, the government agency responsible for National Identity Database in Nigeria, NIN is the unique number that identifies all Nigerians for life and is issued by NIMC after your enrolment.
Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General of NIMC who dropped this hint when visited Professor Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman at NCC, at the Abuja based headquarters of the telecoms regulator.
The NIMC boss said that the ” Commission would ensure that NIN will be generated for the owners of the records transferred who are yet to get their NIN.”
Danbatta added that the release of the data to NIMC was to give a boost to Federal Government’s efforts to harmonize biometric data capturing by different agencies in the country.
He said the collaboration by the two agencies of government was “to ensure that we have a secure, reliable database containing biometric information for all Nigerians, which will definitely augur well for the security of the country among other benefits.”
The NCC chief said that “we are committed to this. We recognize the importance of this cooperation and I would like to stress the need to give it all the seriousness it deserves.”
According to him, there is need for inter-agency committee on data harmonization to fast-track the data transfer process to NIMC noting that the data transferred to NIMC are fully backed up to avoid any hitches in future.
The announcement by the NCC is coming on the heels of the approval and transfer of the first batch of Bank Verification Number data to NIMC by the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), the ID manager said.