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NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER REGULATIONS, 2017 – What You Need To Know?

The National Identity Management Commission (the “Commission”) has as part of its mandate the creation, management, maintenance, and operation of a National Identity Database established under Section 14 of the National Identity Management Commission Act, 2007 (the “NIMC Act”), including the harmonization and integration of existing identification database in government agencies and integrating them into the National Identity Database.

The Commission has released the mandatory use of the National Identification Number Regulations 2017 (the “NIMC Regulations”) made on October 26, 2017, pursuant to the powers conferred on NIMC by the NIMC Act.

Some of the key provisions in the said NIMC Regulations are as follows:

  1. Additional transactions requiring the use of the National Identification Number (“NIN”), amongst which include the following:
  2. Company Registration, sole proprietorships, partnerships and non-profit organizations and other post incorporation documentation with the Corporate Affairs Commission;
  3. Application for the adoption of infant, child or person under applicable law;
  4. Registration for and provision and use of hospitality services;
  5. Registration and licensing for and use of health or medical services;
  6. Purchase and registration of Aircrafts, Ships, Boats, Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles, change of ownership or aircrafts;
  7. Registration and licensing of cybercafé operators;
  8. Recruitment for temporary and permanent employment;
    Enrolment or registration for internal and external examinations with educational and professional studies in Nigeria;
  9. Registration and documentation for provision of welfare services by government agencies and other non-governmental institutions
  10. Purchase of travel tickets or tokens for air, rail, road and water transportation;
  11. Acquisition, sale or transfer or transmission of shares or equities and other financial instruments
  12. Application for bidding for any Local, State, or Federal Government jobs or contracts or accessing any benefits from any intervention programme, whether via a created portal or manual application
  13. Registration and licensing for and use of health or medical services.

Government agencies which offer the services listed above are mandated to require any person transacting with them to produce his NIN and also verify and authenticate the person or NIN so provided.

  1. In exercising its powers under the NIMC Regulations, the Commission shall have powers to institute criminal proceedings against a non-compliant person or entity through the office of the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation or by instituting civil actions against the defaulting person or entity.
  2. NIMC may obtain a Federal High Court warrant or order to seize and detain any book, record, document, or other information storage system used for the creation of identity or use as an identity database, which does not conform with the Act, the NIMC Regulations and other relevant Regulations made pursuant to the Act, or obtain an order of the Court to seal – off the premises or businesses or shut down the identity database or stop further services by the defaulting party or entity upon giving notice of not less than 24 hours.
  3. NIMC shall have the right to conduct an audit on the state of affairs and operations of transactions or services carried out by applicable persons and entities, and also request the assistance of any law enforcement agency to enforce compliance with any directives issued under this NIMC Regulations.

The NIMC Regulations, 2017 takes effect from October 26, 2017.

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