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404 NIMC Centres To Issue Identity Cards Nationwide

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, that it had set up more than 404 enrolment centres nationwide for the national identity card scheme.

The commission also said that cards were currently being issued at its state offices and the Federal capital territory, Abuja.

Director-general of the NIMC, Chris Onyemenam, made these known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Onyemenam further stated that efforts were on to ensure that enrolment and card collection centres were established in local government areas that have not been provided with these services.

“The NIMC currently has over 404 enrolment centres nationwide and is working tirelessly to ensure that more of such centres are opened in all of the 774 local government areas.

“The card builds a window to a social security benefit system and, therefore, it is a card every Nigerian should get,” he said.

The DG urged all Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity of enrolment into the National Identity Database and be issued a National Identification Number (NIN), which he described as “the single version of truth and the foundation identity.”

Onyemenam noted that the NIMC had published newspaper advertorials indicating that the use of the NIN would become mandatory as from September 1, 2015, for all transactions with applicable government institutions.

He added that the NIMC Act 2007 states that transactions such as application for and issuance of an international passport and opening of individual or group bank accounts, purchase of insurance policies, as well as the purchase and registration of land by any individual must be done with the NIN.

“Any government agency, institution, bank, insurance company and all other institutions offering services or involved in transactions requiring the identity of an individual must first demand for the NIN.

“Any individual, institution or body that fails to comply with the above has committed an offence under Section 28 of the NIMC Act,” he said.

The DG also called on Nigerians to appreciate the import of the NIMC mandate and that the three-decade-old problem of identity management in Nigeria had been resolved since 2012.

Onyemenam advised all Nigerians to avoid crowding the centres, as the commission would send an SMS to all enrollees whose cards were ready for collection.

According to him, anyone whose card was ready would receive an SMS to pick his/her card where he had registered: “You must have received an SMS from NIMC. Go to the NIMC collection centre indicated in the SMS sent to you. Take your NIN/Transaction Slip along.

“Receive your National e-ID Card in a sealed envelope. Open the envelope, take out the card, and sign on the space provided at the back.

“Do a biometric verification to confirm that it is your card. This also confirms that the card has been properly printed.

“After the biometric verification, you will be required to enter a four-digit number chosen by you to activate your National e-ID Card.

“There is the provision for fund loading at the NIMC Collection Centre. You can also do actual cash loading at any branch of Access Bank nationwide.”