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National Identity Number to Become Mandatory for all Transactions from September 2015




Former First Lady Patience Jonathan, receiving her National Electronic Identity Card in Abuja in November 2014

From Tuesday, September 1st 2015, the National Identity Number (NIN) will become mandatory for all transactions involving the identification of individuals in Nigeria.

As a result, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is urging Nigerians to enroll in the national identity database to get their NIN, Guardian reports.

NIMC General Manager, Corporate Communications, Abdulhamid Umar, confirmed the news.

According to reports, transactions that will be require NIN include: Issuance of International Passport, opening of individual and/or group bank accounts, purchase of insurance policies, purchase, transfer and registration of land by any individual, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), consumer credits, and more.

“Consequently, any government agency/institution, bank, insurance company and all other institutions offering services and/or involved in transactions requiring the identity of an individual must first demand for the NIN,” NIMC General Manager, Inspectorate, Regulatory and Compliance Services, Hadiza Dagabana said.

“Any individual, institutions/body who fails to comply with the above has committed an offence punishable under section 28 of the NIMC Act.”

Photo Credit: NAN-PHOTO


  1. Taju

    June 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    But how is this different from the CBN BVN number required – Ok even forget that for a second. What about the driver’s license – Isn’t that a form of identification or why do Nigerians like duplicating efforts. Small time they will say there is no money when all they do is focus on things of lesser priority. They don;t even have NEPA to support such activity. Now, people will be using this for egunje.

    • Warizdiz

      June 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      More than 5million+ Nigerians were disenfranchised and could not vote becos, their voters cards could not be located. Sooo, after all is said and done, if you cannot find or locate your National Electronic Identity Card, you might as well move to chad.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    June 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    What a welcome development. Atlist they will start identifying all this Niger Nationals and start deporting the trouble makers down here…..

  3. bunny

    June 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    This people are far from serious personally i have registered since 23/07/2014 and upto date its not ready.
    I even went back to check and i was told i would get a txt message when it is available.

  4. ACE

    June 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    What is this one now? We haven’t finished with the BVN. They are not serious !

  5. prince

    June 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    OK. but where’s their office in Abuja

  6. Benito

    June 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Nigeria. Land of the confused

  7. bn lover

    June 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Nobody should call me names ohhhh. This whole process is scary for me ohhhh…..r these not signs of end time?? BVN,NIN…..i dey fear ohhhhh

  8. olmide

    June 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This is another corruption.How many cards do you want people to carry? BVN is there. These guys are jokers .Someone wants to justify money spent on nothing. We have so many cards issued in Nigeria .This is fraud. All cards should be submerged into one as multipurpose.

  9. missatl

    June 22, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    SO IN this unsafe AND untrustworthy nigeria they want us to register names and addresses??

  10. Strit Kredibility

    June 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    We need not be cynical and dismissive each time our govt decides to work. This is good and no meaningful development can happen in Nigeria without a standardized central identification means. I think the people against this know the reason why they are hostile to it. Even outside the country where we go and behave ourselves, there are many forms of ID but the NI number is central to them all. Very good i say

  11. NaijaPikin

    June 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    This is what happens when confusion reigns surpreme. sigh!!!

    And so for people outside the country where do we get NIN? How does NIN differ from BVN?

  12. Oyin

    June 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Doesn’t hold water. Many have registered for over a year now and there’s no sign of the permanent card. I’m not even buying the idea of them scarin nigerians with deadline.

  13. jwezee

    June 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    END TIME SIGNS…thats all I can say

  14. jwezee

    June 22, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    END TIME SIGNS and Nigeria is playing her part…… that’s all I can say

  15. BC

    June 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    The Satanic, illuminati Jewish agenda is slowly but surely creeping in. Now they can monitor everybody.

  16. NoIdentityNeedApply

    June 23, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Apparently, ignorance reigns supreme in our country. What is up with the conspiracy theorists spouting off at the mouth: “end time signs”?.
    A National Identity Number will bring up in line with other advanced nations, making it easier to thwart fraud.

  17. nnenne

    June 23, 2015 at 3:14 am

    If this is done very well, then, it is a the beginning of the change were are waiting for.
    If managed like the social security numbers in the USA, there should be no room for regrets.
    Hope they will be collecting people’s demographics, occupation and finger prints during the registration process. From the data base, the government could decode crimes and corruption..
    Finger printing will help control multiple registration by individuals. Officials who register individuals more than once should be tried in court and be indicated.

  18. nnenne

    June 23, 2015 at 3:15 am

    *** it is the beginning of the change***

  19. sussy

    June 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I registered since 2013 in their Ikeja office, its still not ready till now, everyday it is come today, come tomorrow. September 2015 indeed.

  20. Tosin

    June 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    i don’t know what it is.
    is it different from the voter id and BVN (bank) id? why so many?

  21. OJ

    June 23, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    To put it very mildly, these people have no clue about what they are doing. They don’t know that the infrastructure end of the registration process is almost more important that the registration itself.

    Besides, why enforce BVN, LSRRC, new Drivers license, if they still plan to put us through this stress. Everyone of them seem to be eager to torture us!

  22. Exotique

    June 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I registered since 2013 and till now nothing. These people are jokers….

  23. Ajayi Tolulope Mark

    July 3, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Even if the issuance is justifiable (which to me is a duplication of data already captured for Int’l passport, Voters Card, BVN and others), the compulsion is the negativity is see in it. NIMC as a body is not superior to others that have issued identity cards based on data captured. Unless CBN is coming out to say other means of identification does not suffice for purposes stated above then we are in trouble….

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