THE NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: 5 THINGS TO NOTE
By Allen Ikumawoyi
Starting from 1 January, 2019, the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) became mandatory for all federal government agencies, ministries and departments. Nigerians who require access to any government service, must present their NIN.
The following are particularly note-worthy:
1) Purpose: To collate and manage the biodata of all Nigerian citizens and or residents into one database; and for easy access to government services.
2) Eligibility: Any Nigerian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been resident in Nigeria for at least two years, who is sixteen years and above, is eligible to apply for the NIN.
3) Transactions: The NIN must be presented to enjoy the following transactions (among others):-
- Application for and issuance of a passport
- Opening of individual and or personal bank accounts
- Voters’ registration
- The purchase, transfer and registration of land
- Hospitality services, including the use of health or medical services
- Tax payments
- Purchase and registration of motor vehicles, aircrafts and vessels
- Purchase, sale, transfer or transmission of shares or other financial instruments
- Use of aviation services by airline flyers
- Enrolment in educational and professional institutions and bodies
- Registration of business entities at the Corporate Affairs Commission
- Filing of civil and criminal actions in courts and arbitration
- Import and export of goods
- Execution of business contracts and agreements
- Application for drivers’ licenses
4) Non-compliance: Failure to comply with the foregoing, attracts penalties, sanctions and or administrative fines, up to N1, 000, 000 (One Million Naira).
5) Applicability: All government agencies, ministries, departments, statutory bodies, institutions, corporate bodies and owners of biometric capture equipment or devices, including but not limited to:-
- The Corporate Affairs Commission
- The Federal Inland Revenue Service
- The National Health Insurance Scheme
- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
- The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
- The Nigerian Police Force
- The National Pension Commission
- The Independent National Electoral Commission
- The Nigeria Immigration Service
Just like the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) presently being used for banking transactions, the NIN is here to stay. All registrable persons that are yet to register are therefore advised to take steps to register under the programme, to avoid being denied access to the above-listed services.
Lastly, although most of the services apply primarily to government-related services, private corporations must ensure that in the employment of staff, eligible applicants are requested to present their National Identification Number.