FG commences mandatory use of NIN from 1st January 2019.

The Federal Government of Nigeria commences implementation of the mandatory usage of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a means of identification.

As approved in a meeting of Federal Executive Council FEC on 12th September 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the Director General, of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, all federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that take records of personnel and provide services requiring the identification of a person, shall from January 1, 2019 mandatorily demand the NIN from citizens to offer any of such services.

By that directive, the usage of the NIN became mandatory, from January 1, 2019 to access any government service across the country.

The DG further stated that ministries and agencies in the education and aviation sectors, office of the head of service of the federation, office of the accountant general of the federation, National Population Commission (NPC), Independent National Electoral Commission, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigerian Communications Commission, National Health Insurance Scheme, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Nigeria Police Force and the Security and Exchange Commission, among others, must request and verify the NIN.

Aziz however clear the air that no one shall be denied any government services on account of not having the NIN.  Rather, these agencies along with other licensed private organisations will accelerate the process of enrolment or collection of data as the days go by.