Abubakar Malami
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami

Emma Okonji

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has gazetted and published five official regulations that will back the mandatory use of National Identity Number (NIN).

The official publication of the new policy is sequel to an approval received by NIMC from the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, in November, 2017.

The gazetted regulations include: the mandatory use of the NIN Regulations, 2017; Nigeria Biometrics Standard Regulations, 2017; Registration of Persons and Contents of the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017; Access to Register Information in the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017; and Licensing of the Front-end Services of the National Identity Management Commission Regulations, 2017.

Explaining the need for supplementary regulations in the commission, the General Manager, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Services, Mrs. Hadiza Dagabana, said it was essential towards the realisation of the NIMC mandate in the coming years.

“With the increase and expansion of the commission’s activities, the new policy for the implementation of the NIMS and the desire of the commission to develop the identity eco-system in Nigeria as well as meet its mandate of harmonising all identity related databases in the country, it is necessary to promulgate Regulations which consist of the set of principles, practices, policies, processes and procedures to be utilised to achieve the desired objectives.

“The regulations will ensure that the commission actualises and effectively delivers on the NIMS project in the coming years,” Dagabana said.

NIMC had in November 2016 announced the commencement process to document and publish these regulations, pursuant to Sections 27 and 31 of the NIMC Act, 2007 which provides for the Commission to make supplementary regulations to cover the various services and offerings of the Commission.

Draft copies of the regulations were widely circulated to various government, private and security agencies as well as the general public, inviting comments, inputs and opinions, after which the comments were reviewed by the committee charged with the development of the strategy for the implementation of the NIMC regulations.
Thereafter, the copies were updated and drafts forwarded to the Office of the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice for approval.

Following the approvals, the Head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, Loveday Ogbonna said the framework for the implementation of the Regulations, which will include rules of engagement, criteria, and terms of conditions, would be published in national dailies to ensure full enforcement and compliance.