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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

‘No national ID card, no international passport’ policy to start January 2018 – NIS

The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has
warned that any person without an identification
number from the National Identification
Management Commission (NIMC) from 1st
January 2018 will not be issued with the
Nigerian passport.
It also said that anybody that intends to apply
for the renewal of his or her passport or wants
a fresh passport but is residing outside the
country will first have identification number from
NIMC or will be denied issuance or renewal of
the passport.
The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mohammed
Babandede, disclosed this in Abuja after a
meeting of database harmonization committee
on Tuesday.
He explained that the reason behind the new
policy was for ease of business in the country.
Babandede said that before now, the biggest
challenge in getting the adequate data of those
doing business in the country was that different
parastatals and organizations were deploying
their own technology without collaboration or
synergy with sister organizations.
He said: “The buck lies on all our table. It is the
harmonization of data and requires all of us to
act but the biggest problem we are facing is
that everybody is deploying his own technology.
“There is a practical commitment to this, we
have agreed that from 2018 1st January,
anybody who is going to apply for Nigerian
Passport, whether renewal or fresh must first
have a NIMC number, national identity number.
Why we are doing this is we want to ease
business for Nigeria. There is no need for you to
go and have your bio metric captured by NIMC
and then you come and capture again with the
Nigeria Immigrations.
“Once you give us your NIMC number we will
collect the bio metric from NIMC and produce
your passport. That is the intention to do in all
other agencies. I have also given directive that
any foreigner, non Nigerian resident in Nigeria
will not get his permit renewed.
“He or she will not get his renewed until he has
a NIMC number. To achieve this, NIMC and
passport numbers will be harmonized and we
are committed to allow NIMC in Immigration.
“All NIMC staff can work in our passport office
so when you come to get the passport you can
also get the National identity card. The NIMC
has also allowed immigration staff to work in
their offices so anybody who is coming to claim
Nigerian citizenship they will help to identify that
citizen. That is the cooperation that we have
had so far.”
On whether those intending to have passport will
have tax certificate before collecting passport,
NIS CG said, “We are not talking of tax, we are
talking of e-government. We want to have one e-
government. What government is saying is that
when you want to collect any facilitate from any
government agency, you don’t need to look for
the document from any other government
agency.
“We should be able to access it, we should be
able to know whether you have paid your tax or
not. If you are coming through the airport and
you want to leave Nigeria, we should be able to
know that this guy has not paid his tax and you
should be able to pay your tax before you
depart. We are looking at one e-government and
it is possible.”

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