Nigeria Immigration Service To Adopt Policy Of No NIM, No Passport From January 1, 2018

The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS has stated that starting from the 1st of January, 2018, it will issue no Nigerian passport to any applicant who does not provide his or her National Identity Number (NIN) being issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)

The information which also stated that no foreigner will be issued a permit
without an Identification number, was disclosed by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babadede after a meeting of the database harmonization committee at the Presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

In a bid to see this achieved the General said they plan to collaborate with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as he revealed that about 20 million Nigerians have so far been registered in the National Identification database but is hopeful that in the next three years about 180 million will be captured.
He said, “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”

He continued, “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,

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.”