Nigeria: National Identification Number required to access bank services from September

Aug 11, 2015

The system is expected to enhance the safety of the financial system.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it has completed plans to deploy the National Identification Number (NIN) authentication and verification service link to all ministries, departments and banks.

NIMC's General Manager Chuks Onyepunuka told the News Agency of Nigeria that from September, the use of NIN will be mandatory.

The system will enable the collection of individuals' biometrics in a bid to increase the safety of all data and communications within the administration and the banking system.

Banks and government institutions "are now required by law to key into the NIMC National Identity Database for the purpose of identity management and verification," he said, adding the verification and authentication would be done both online and offline.

He urged Nigerians to take advantage of the over 400 enrolment centres nationwide to enrol for the NIN.

"This is because no government agency, bank or insurance company, offering services or involved in transactions will be allowed to conduct such without first demanding for NIN. Eligible applicants are urged to utilise the NIMC pre-enrolment portal
to pre-enrol for the NIN before proceeding to any NIMC enrolment centre closest to them for biometrics data capture," he said.