The Federal Government has confirmed that from 2018, no Nigerian will be able to obtain or renew their international passports without having the national identification number (NIN).
The comptroller general of the Nigeria immigration service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, made this known on Tuesday while addressing state house correspondents after a meeting of the database harmonisation committee.
According to him, the development is part of efforts to have a centralized database for Nigerians and to also improve the business environment in the country. He added that the NIS aims to capture 180 million persons in three years, up from the 20 million Nigerians that have so far been captured in the NIN database, saying that the service would collaborate with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to achieve the set targets.
Babandede also said that foreigners would not be able to renew their permits except they obtain an identification number. “We have agreed that from January 1, 2018, anybody who is going to apply for Nigerian passport, whether renewal or fresh, must first have a national identity number,”
“I have also given the directive that any foreigner resident in Nigeria will not get his permit renewed until he has a NIMC number. To achieve this, NIMC and passport numbers will be harmonised and we are committed to allow NIMC in immigration offices.”
“There is no need for you to go and have your biometric captured by NIMC and then you come and capture again with the Nigeria immigration. Once you give us your NIMC number, we will collect the biometric from NIMC and produce your passport. That is the intention to do in all other agencies.”