We would like to inform our readers about the Federal Government gazette on Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations dated November 13, 2017 – (https://www.nimc.gov.ng/docs/MandatoryNIN_Gazetted_2017.pdf) . It stipulated that the National Identification Number (NIM) will now be required for transactions which hitherto a Driver’s License, National ID Card, International Passport or other means of identification could suffice for. Some of the transactions listed in the gazette include:
- Use of Hospitality, Health or Medical Services
- Purchase of Change of Ownership of Vehicles, Aircrafts, Ships and Boats
- Registration and Use of Aviation Services of Airline Operators and Customers.
- Purchase of Travel Tickets or Tokens for Air, Rail or Water Transportation.
- Boarding of Aircrafts, Trains, Commercial Vehicles, Ships, Boats
- Membership of Professional Bodies
- Company Registration
- Voter Registration
- Tax Identification
- Banking Transaction
- Documentation for Loans
- Issuance of Birth Certificates
- Purchase and Sale of Foreign Currency in Banks and Bureau de Change
- Registration of Companies, among others
The information in the gazette stated that noncompliance of the policy can lead to imposition of administrative fines, institution of criminal proceedings through the Office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and other sanctions.
If you have not registered for your National Identification Number (NIM) visit the website of the National Identity Management Commission https://www.nimc.gov.ng for the necessary details to help you register and obtain your NIM.