The comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr Mohammed Babandede has announced that from January 1, 2018 the National Identification Number, issued by the National Identity Management Commission, will be a Criteria for the procurement of a Nigerian passport.
Mr Mohammed Babandede, disclosed this information to State House correspondents after a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, with the database harmonisation committee on Tuesday.
According to him “The biggest problem we are facing is that everybody is deploying his own technology; but harmonisation of data will solve that, whether for renewal or fresh application. We have agreed that from January 1, 2018, anybody who is going to apply for the Nigerian passport, must first have a National Identity Number.
“The essence of doing this is to ease the process of doing business in Nigeria. There is no need for you to go and have your biometrics captured by the NIMC and then you come and capture again with the Nigeria Immigration Service.
“Once you give us your NIN, we will collect the biometrics from the NIMC and produce your passport.