Anyone without National Identification Number from January 1, 2018, would be unable to procure a Nigerian passport.
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede,
at a database centralization meeting held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
Babandede said the measure was put into consideration by the Federal Government to ease the process of doing business in the country and also reduce the need for biometrics capturing separately by either NIS or NIMC.
The condition applies to both renewal and first-time applicants.
“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 January 1, 2018, anybody who is going to apply for Nigerian Passport, whether renewal or fresh application, must first have a national identity number.
“Why we are doing this is that we want to ease business for Nigeria. There is no need for you to go and have your biometrics captured by NIMC and then you come and capture again with the Nigeria Immigrations.
“Once you give us your NIN, we will collect the biometrics from NIMC and produce your passport. That is the intention to do in all other agencies.”
The directive by the Comptroller General, Babandede said permits of foreigners residing in Nigeria should not be renewed without the NIN as the National identification numbers and passport numbers would be synchronized together.
“All NIMC staff can work in our passport office. So, when you come to get your 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,” he explained.
“What government is saying is that when you want to collect any facility 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,” he explained.