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    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    NIMC Announces Regulations For Mandatory Use of NIN

    The National Identity Management Commission has published five regulations guiding the mandatory use of the National Identity Number.
    The commission, in a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, Loveday Ogbonna, said that this was after an approval was received from the Attorney General of the Federation, and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in November 2017.

    It listed the gazetted regulations as Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations, 2017; Nigeria Biometrics Standard Regulations, 2017; and Registration of Persons and Contents of the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017.

    Others are Access to Register Information in the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017; and Licensing of the Frontend 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.

    She said, “With the increase and expansion of the commission’s activities, the new policy for the implementation of NIMS and the desire of the commission to develop the identity ecosystem 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 National Identity Management System project in the coming years.”

    It will be recalled that the NIMC 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.

    The statement said 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.
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