Residents in Abuja will now require National Identification Number (NIN) before they can be alloted land in the city, the the Federal Minister in charge of Nigeria’s Federal Capital City says.
This comes just as the nation’s ID agency has said that update and modification of names have been made available for applicants, particularly ladies, who got married or divorced after they enrolled into the National Identity Database (NIDB) and issued the National Identification Number (NIN).
Meanwhile, Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) dropped the hint about the new land allocation policy during a courtesy visit to Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General of the nation’s Identity management agency, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you for life and is issued to you by NIMC, the Federal Government agency responsible for National ID management.
ID data obtained by Technology Times from NIMC reveals that Abuja, the nation seat of power has the highest number of ID enrollment with 962,036 representing 6.8 percent of the total registration of over 14 million Nigerians that have been enrolled for NIN at the end of 2016.
The Minister expressed the need for every land allocated to be matched to an individual through the NIN for tracking and preventing multiple allocations of land and ensure fairness and equity in the allocation process.
He commended the NIMC CEO for the astronomical increase in enrollment figures and measures he has put in place to ensure safety of data of Nigerians and legal residents in the National Identity database (NIDB) while ensuring credibility and integrity of data collected by NIMC.
Bello also commended the ongoing harmonization efforts saying that it is a step in the right direction to check duplication of functions among data collecting agencies.
In his response, Engr Aziz thanked the Minister for the steps he has taken so far to ensure the success of the National Identity Management System, and assured of continued collaboration for the success of both organizations.
According to him, the NIMC Act makes the NIN mandatory for every citizen and legal resident and is already being implemented by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other government agencies as a basic requirement for offering government services.
In another development, update and modification of names are now available for applicants (particularly ladies) who got married or divorced after they enrolled into the National Identity Database (NIDB) and issued the National Identification Number (NIN).
The service is also available to applicants who erroneously supplied wrong names, changed names (in the case of a man as a result of religious conviction or family decision) or wish to update any of their addresses/telephone numbers can be obtained from any of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), enrolment Centres nationwide, according to the agency.
To obtain this service, applicants are required to visit any of NIMC’s Enrolment Centres to make inquiries or indicate the type of data he/she desires to modify or update and why.
A designated officer will ask relevant questions on the update to be made and give the applicant a list of the requisite relevant documents to be supplied for this purpose.
They may include applicants NIN, marriage certificate, divorce papers, birth certificate, court affidavit, Newspaper publication, among others.
The applicant will also have to pay a service charge of Five hundred Naira (N500.00) or multiple of N500. 00 depending on the number of changes, which should be paid via the Remita online payment platform.
Upon payment and confirmation of appropriate fees via the RRR (Remita Retrieval Reference), the applicant is given an enrolment and modification form to fill.
Thereafter, the applicant’s data (demographics and biometrics) is captured and the NIN slip is reissued with the modified data after the completed form is verified by the enrolment Centre Supervisor.
Modification to some of the applicant’s data, such as the date of birth, country or state of birth, sex are termed “non-updatable fields” as the process is very rigorous and not advised thus applicants are urged to be very careful and pay attention to the mirror system during enrollment.