See Reasons Senate Proposes NIN for Nigerians Abroad

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See Reasons Senate Proposes NIN for Nigerians Abroad

 

By Tope Omogbolagun

 

A bill allowing Nigerians living abroad to obtain a National Identity Number (NIN) passed its second reading in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill, introduced by Deputy Senate President Senator Barau Jibrin, was first read on June 5.

 

The proposed legislation aims to repeal the National Identity Management Commission Act of 2007 and establish a comprehensive National Identity Database. This bill assigns the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) the duties of maintaining the database, registering individuals, and issuing identity credentials.

 

The bill seeks to enhance the efficiency and inclusivity of the Identity Management System through detailed provisions designed to align with global best practices. During his lead debate, Jibrin emphasized the bill’s importance for the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria, as well as for national security and an effective identity management system.

 

He explained that the bill would facilitate the streamlined sharing of personal data while incorporating robust data protection measures to safeguard individual privacy and confidentiality. Additionally, the proposed legislation aims to enhance the NIMC’s administrative enforcement powers, ensuring timely and accurate compliance with ID registration requirements.

 

Jibrin also highlighted that the bill proposes to replace criminal penalties for non-use of NIN with administrative enforcement measures. This change is intended to encourage compliance with NIN usage requirements without imposing undue legal consequences on individuals.


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