NIMC, Immigration to Enforce NIN on New e-Passports

Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede

Emma Okonji

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have resolved to commence enforcement of the National Identification Number (NIN) on the new enhanced 10 years validity e-passport.

President Mohammadu Buhari had on January 15th 2019, while unveiling the new enhanced e-passport, directed that the NIN which is issued by NIMC be inserted as additional data in the new passports.

The resolve to commence enforcement was agreed upon during a courtesy visit by the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, to the Director General NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja recently.
The Director General and CEO of NIMC, in his address stated that the Commission had upgraded its software and infrastructure to enable the generation of the NIN in just micro seconds.

This meant that unlike in the past, the NIN is issued instantly to successful enrollees into the NIDB (National Identity Data Base}.

“Few months ago, we had an issue that made NIN generation take up to hours and people had to come back the following day. However, right now it is instantaneous and that is the way we intend to maintain the system. The type of Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) we utilise makes sure that the NIN is unique –that is our only job,” Aziz said.

Babandede commended NIMC for the upgrades which he said had resulted in instant and timely allocation of the NIN. He also reiterated the NIS willingness to accommodate NIMC in all its 44 diplomatic missions abroad and 42 locations in Nigeria to ensure that all Nigerians and Legal residents are enrolled into the National Identity Database.

“We are ready to provide space for you to operate in our locations to facilitate real time online, integration. If an immigration officer touches the computer, he should be able to connect to NIMC real time online, get the number, so that he can issue a passport. “Babandede said.

Babandede, also expressed optimism over the collaboration, as a test run carried out by the NIS with one thousand NIN samples to match with one thousand biometric visas, yielded a success rate of 89.4 per cent, which means it is good and that Nigerians are providing accurate information.

He also assured that both agencies would continue to work together to ensure that there are no bottlenecks in the process.

Aziz assured members of the public that in the next three years, NIMC would concentrate on the issuance of the NIN.
“The NIN is similar to the social security number and it is generally acceptable by agencies like the NIS to issue their token,” Aziz said.