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No national ID number, no passport - Immigration Service - BellaNaijaThe Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that beginning 2018, anyone without a national identification number will be unable to obtain the Nigerian passport.

According to Thisday, the NIS Comptroller General Mohammed Babandede said this after a meeting with the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department of the Presidential Villa.

He said the decision was made in conjunction with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), with the aim to harmonize all data collected from citizens by government agencies. He said:

The bulk lies on all our table. It is the harmonisation of data and requires all of us to act but the biggest problem we are facing is that everybody is deploying his own technology. There is a practical commitment to this.

We have agreed that from 2018 1st January, anybody who is going to apply for Nigerian Passport, whether renewal or fresh must first have an NIMC number, national identity number.

Why we are doing this is we want to ease business for Nigerians. There is no need for you to go and have your bio-metric captured by NIMC and then you come and capture again with the Nigeria Immigrations.

Once you give us your NIMC number, we will collect the bio-metric from NIMC and produce your passport.

That is the intention to do in all other agencies. I have also given directive that any foreigner, non-Nigerian resident in Nigeria will not get his permit renewed. He or she will not get his passport renewed until he has a NIMC number.

To achieve this, NIMC and passport numbers will be harmonised and we are committed to allow NIMC in Immigration.

All NIMC staff can work in our passport office so when you come to get the passport, you can also get the national identity card.

The NIMC has also allowed immigration staff to work in their offices so that anybody who is coming to claim Nigerian citizenship, they will help to identify that citizen. That is the cooperation that we have had so far.

He said this will ensure what he terms “e-government,” which is the existence of a centralized data center for government agencies. He said:

We are not talking of tax, we are talking of e- government. We want to have one e-government.

What government is saying is that when you want to collect any facility from any government agency, you don’t need to look for the document from any other government agency.

We should be able to access it. We should be able to know whether you have paid your tax or not.

If you are coming through the airport and you want to leave Nigeria, we should be able to know that this guy has not paid his tax and you should be able to pay your tax before you depart. We are looking at one e-government and it is possible.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on ICT Lanre Osibona added that the NIMC has captured the data of 20 million Nigerians.

He said the Federal Government is working in conjunction with the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the intention of capturing 180 million Nigerians in three years. He said:

We just had a good meeting in terms of national identity which we know is a great asset for the country, and so much work has been ongoing with respect to harmonising all the silo data bases.

We are making progress finally. The benefits of national identity is immense security, innovation, social inclusion, financial inclusion. This concerns our citizens and it helps in forecasting budget, better planning. So, we are determined to ensure that we deliver full concise database for all Nigerians.

It is good to also share with you that when we came in about two years ago, there were 5 million records of NIMC but today, we have moved it close to 20 million and we intend to have up to 30 million by the end of this year.

We are working with the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to have a proper approach of how we will be able to capture over 180 million over a three-year period.

Something else that is very worthwhile to mention is part of the effort of government with regards to digital economy.

What we have also captured here is the Public Key Infrastructure which will sit within NITDA. An intention of this is to allow for digital signing of key documents being able to authenticate our document digitally.

Again, this helps meet the effort of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on ease of doing business. So, we will be able to have Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), be able to issue certificates digitally, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), tax clearance, etc. So, the resolution as part of the meeting here is that this will be driven by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).


  1. MaestroLB

    August 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Is it not funny that millions of Nigerians haven’t gotten their Nat. ID cards from NIMC and yet they agree on this with the Immigration? Nigeria is funny sha.

    People may want to to argue that the slip given at the point of registration is enough to provide the NIN, but what happened to the cards which were promised? After how many years of registration. I really need NIMC to provide us with data on how many Nigerians they have registered, and how many of these people they have printed the Permanent cards for.

    smh. God Bless Nigeria, but till then, I want to run away and come back then. #sigh

    • Emeka

      August 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Yeppa!!! this rapture is true o. Let me start preparing o. At least right now is not too late for me.

    • Olanma

      August 3, 2017 at 2:40 am

      I don’t understand, what has this got to do with rapture?

  2. DJ

    August 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    They already loose focus honestly with all this new development Nigeria which way forward ….

  3. Diamond

    August 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Please, why haven’t this people given me my identity card since 2015? Yeye!

    • Ajiri

      August 3, 2017 at 7:02 am

      I just got mine since 2013.

  4. Meee

    August 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Ok, what about Nigerians living abroad? Are we also supposed to get our NIMC number before applying for a new passport?

  5. Ralz

    August 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Abeg let me laugh and then come and be going

  6. Anita

    August 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Bunch of jokers. people have not been able to get National ID Card and they are speaking grammar. can they explain why new passports are issued when you go for Renewal? why don’t they follow the old passport numbers?

  7. emeka ugo

    August 2, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Its funny how the government just passes laws like this. Now the NIMC office located in gwarimpa abuja is a disgrace. I remember going there to get my registered and there was no single light in the office. The systems were shut down completely, widows open so as to enable fresh air complete inside the office space for the staffs there. The lady i met inside was busy concentrating on what she was doing on her mobile device and told me that “as i can see there is no light” and for me to come back another day. After two attempts, I lost interest in it.

  8. Teekay

    August 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    We have agreed on the national identification number.The current issue at hand is how to get a passport as there is no paper to get or renew a passport. These has been happening since last year and nothing has been done.?I am sure the controller is aware but they will leave this kind of matter and face issues that are not pressing issues at the moment.
    Ordinary to get drive licence is a challenge, then you add NIMC.
    They wont make preparations on how to get NIMC but we put down a law that will suite their family members.
    Sick leaders i must say!

  9. Olivia

    August 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    What happens to those in the diaspora?

  10. mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    August 2, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    “If you are coming through the airport and you want to leave Nigeria, we should be able to know that this guy has not paid his tax and you should be able to pay your tax before you depart. ”
    Please what does the above mean for those who don’t live in Nigeria?

  11. GB

    August 2, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    People must complain even when the govt introduce good initiatives they will still complain losers!

    • FinchleysFinest

      August 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      @GB: You call this good initiative ? Really? Issokay… Let me come and be going … I have no words tbh

  12. Anon

    August 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Why not just use BVN as a single number for all Nigerians (this can act as the SSN in the US or NI # in the UK). The whole point of having multiple databases of biometrics is a waste of time + an avenue to chop money.

    • Evelyn Salt!

      August 3, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Best commment. The whole idea is prpper identification. Is the international passport not even the “best” form of identification? There are sinister motives. Jusr with most policies in naija.

  13. Camfaces9ja

    August 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Why can’t NIMC use the biometrics with immigration services for existing passport holders so that only new applicants will need to enrol with NIMC for fresh biometric capturing? #justthinkingaloud

  14. Bee

    August 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Any news about Nigeria stresses me out. Before we go e-govt. Can we establish a reliable electricity system? We will start getting visas to come home sha.

  15. Samuel

    August 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Please tell NIMC to issue our ID cards since 2015 in Abeokuta Ogun State

    • NG

      August 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Still waiting for mine since 2013


    August 3, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Immigration officers should not be granted the power to deny any Nigeria Citizen the rights to travel outside the Country because they’ve not paid their taxes, This is an unconstitutional and illegal act which every Nigerians must reject out rightly. Firstly, Nigerians need to know. What kind of advice Bill and Melinda gates gave to the Nigeria immigration service and in what capacity? Secondly, Bill and Melinda gates failled to inform you ( Nigeria immigration service) that in America where they came from, only the IRS has the power to look into someone else’s tax information. Not the immigration service., Thirdly, immigration service in America does not have the power to deny American Citizens the rights to travel because of failure to paying their taxes. Then why give such advice in Nigeria? For any governmental agency to have added such responsibility to the primary responsibilities of the men and women of the immigration service just confirmed my belief that Nigeria is a pariah state where anything goes. This is an invasion of privacy. Our Members of parliament must reject this unconstitutional, illegal and barbaric act immediately before being implemented period. I am not against government collecting taxes from her Citizens.. Government must choose a better approach to do that. Instead of using illegal and unconstitutional methods to achieve this objective. I have said this before. President Mohammodu Buhari can not be trusted to respect the constitutional rights of Nigerians. This is another attempt on his part ( his government ) Again, this illegal approach will not work and must be rejected by all. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  17. TruthisBitter

    August 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Chai!!! See opportunity for NIMC staff to chop o!!!!!

  18. nene

    August 3, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Nigeria is a f**ked up place. ugh!

  19. @amchukwuemeka

    January 31, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    We Jos dey Plateau much for this country.

    I Neva get my permanent card more than two years ago wey I register. SMH

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