As part of official drive to encourage Nigerians to go for their National Identification Number (NIN) slip at the designated centres mapped out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the leadership of House of Representative has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to recognise the slip as a statutory document for legitimate transactions.
The decision was fallout of the unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Ahmed Yerima (Bauchi-APC), at the plenary earlier on Tuesday.
The House further mandated its Committee on Banking and Currency to interact with the CBN and other stakeholders on the need to recognise and accept the NIMC slip.
If the CBN buys into the new idea by the lawmakers, the development will further spur Nigerians yet to get the document to get it.
The House Committee on National Population was assigned to find out the factors responsible for the delay in producing the permanent card with a view to resolving them.
Explaining more, the lawmakers agreed that the slip was a proof that the permanent identification card was in process and that the slip holder was waiting to collect the card.
According to Hon. Mojib Alabi (Osun-APC), “The identity number was what was important and not the slip or the permanent card. The slip was only issued when the biometrics data of the bearer and other relevant information had been captured”.
Earlier in a press conference in Lagos last year, the Director General of NIMC, Engineer Aliyu Aziz said funding and few logistic issues had been frustrating the mass production of national ID cards in the last few years.