You probably never heard of the National Identity Number, NIN.

Well, it is that eleven-digit number on your national identity card. If you don’t have the card yet, but have been enrolled, you can find the number on the slip issued you after enrolment by the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.

You will need it more than you think starting from this January.

The NIMC says implementation of the mandatory use of the NIN by government agencies takes effect from January 1, 2019.

The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said this meant all Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments that take records of personnel and provide services requiring the identification of a person would mandatorily demand the NIN from citizens to offer any of such services.

The DG, however, assured Nigerians that no one would be denied any government services on account of not having the NIN.

Also Read: You Can Use Your NIN Slip As Means Of Identification - NIMC

Aziz added that the mandatory enrollment or collection of data by such government agencies or their licensed agents, and private sector organisations to be licensed by NIMC in the coming days, would fast-track the enrollment process into the national identity system.

The ministries and agencies, according to NIMC, are “Education, Aviation, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, National Population Commission, Independent National Electoral Commission, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, and the Nigerian Communications Commission”.

Others include: “National Health Insurance Scheme, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Nigeria Police Force, Security and Exchange Commission.”.

These MDAs, he explained “must request and verify the NIN as already adopted by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps and the National Pension Commission”.

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