By Nicolas Adekeye


In a bid to address the persistent challenges faced by Nigerians in obtaining their National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Nigerian government has relocated the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Ministry of Interior. The decision, made on Wednesday, September 13, comes as one of the major steps towards ensuring a seamless application and acquisition of International Passports and other travelling documents.

Previously under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, the move aims to accelerate the process of obtaining NIN and Passports, as directed by President Bola Tinubu’s administration. The government hopes that this relocation will remove all impediments and bottlenecks that have hindered Nigerians from obtaining their NIN in a timely manner.

The National Identity Card is a vital document that holds crucial information about an individual, including their full name, date of birth, address, and biometric data. It serves as a form of identification and is required for various purposes such as obtaining a driver's license, opening a bank account, and participating in government welfare programs.

However, acquiring the National Identity Card has been a challenge for many Nigerians due to persistent bottlenecks and long waiting times. The NIMC has been plagued with issues such as slow processing, inadequate staff, and inefficient systems, resulting in a backlog of applications. This has posed significant problems for individuals who require the NIN as a prerequisite for obtaining an International Passport, causing unnecessary delays and frustrations.

The decision to move the NIMC to the Ministry of Interior signifies the government's commitment to resolving these bottlenecks and improving the efficiency of the process. By streamlining the application and acquisition procedures, Nigerians can expect a more accessible and user-friendly system, ensuring that they receive their NIN and Passports in a timely and hassle-free manner.

As the process of relocating the NIMC progresses, the government remains dedicated to removing all obstacles that have prevented Nigerians from obtaining their NIN. With this development, a more seamless and efficient system for acquiring the National Identity Card is within reach, providing citizens with a crucial document that will unlock various opportunities in their personal and professional lives.

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