Reps faults CBN on rejection of national identity card 

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other commercial banks to start accepting the National Identification Number (NIN) slip as valid means of identification.

The House therefore mandated its Committee on Banking and Currency to interact with the CBN and other stakeholders on the need to recognize and accept the NIN Slip as a means of Identification and report within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.

Also charged is the committee on Population should investigate the slow issuing of the permanent identity card by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The resolutions followed a motion moved on Tuesday by Ahmed Yerima (APC, Bauchi), entitled: Need for the Central Bank of Nigeria and Other Commercial Banks to Recognize and Accept the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) National Identification Number (Nin) Slip as a Valid Means of Identification.

Yerima while moving the motion noted that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was established to manage the identity of Nigerian citizens by birth and naturalization.

He then said that in order to fulfill its mandate, the NIMC deploys the latest Biometric Data Capturing Technology.

Yerima however raised concerns that the CBN, being the key monetary policy regulator, in its effort to maintain order and transparency in bank transactions, does not recognize or accept the NIN Slip of customers.

He disclosed that “the Central Bank of Nigeria has also directed commercial Banks not to recognize the NIN slip which is a proof that the permanent Identification card is in process and this may cause NIN Slip holders waiting for their permanent Identification cards to experience untold hardships in their quest to carry out normal banking and other transactions.” 

Opposing the motion, Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau) said that the temporary slip is not enough as a means of identification, although he conceded that despite the fact that Identity card is backed by the act of the parliament, compelling the CBN to accept the temporary card is not proper.

“The slip is temporary, not a permanent one, we need to be careful here, the slip does not carry the requisite details to be valid as means of Identification, as anyone could go to a road side shop to print it,” he stated 

Also opposing the motion, the Chairman of Committee on Anti Corruption, Kayode Oladele (APC, Ogun) said any ID card issued by agency of government should be valid, but not NIN slip.

The position of the two speakers was refuted by Mojeed Alabi (APC, Osun) who noted that the slip contains the NIN number which is the most important part not the card itself.

He said: “The most important part is the NIN number which is on the slip, what we need is to synchronize the NIN with our BVN. I lost mine in Ilorin, and after one year and eight months I have not gotten it back. 

“I am a living witness to the ineptness of the National Identity Management Commission.”

The motion was adopted after it was put to vote by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.

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