The Federal Government has chosen to move the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Ministry of Interior in order to address the growing difficulties of NIN/Passport clearance.
This decision was made to address the ongoing issues with National Identity Numbers (NIN), which are required for the smooth application and acquisition of International Passports and other travel-related papers.
Until now, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was overseen by the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.
Under the previous government, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) worked together to integrate NIN with Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) as a strategy to combat the challenges of kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism.
Over 100 million Nigerians linked their NIN with SIM within three years.
According to the Nation, the transfer of NIMC to the Ministry of Interior is being fast-tracked in alignment with President Tinubu’s administration’s mandate to eliminate any barriers or delays associated with acquiring NIN and Passports.
Speaking on the importance of the relocation, the Head of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke confirmed the development.
- “Yes, we have been moved.
- “We are coming up with several innovations to address the problems. Nigerians will have opportunities to make online requests for changes of dates of birth, or any updates regarding their personal information.
- They will apply online and get responses in real-time.”