Senate Moves to Empower Foreigners with NIN Access

Senate Moves to Empower Foreigners with NIN Access
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Foreign residents in Nigeria may soon be able to obtain and use the National Identification Number (NIN) as the Nigerian Senate advances a new bill. The “National Identity Management Commission (Repeal and Enactment) Bill 2024 (SB. 472),” sponsored by Deputy Senate President Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North), has passed its second reading.

The bill aims to replace criminal penalties with administrative enforcement measures to encourage compliance with NIN requirements without imposing harsh legal consequences. During the debate, Senator Cyril Fasuyi (Ekiti North), who presided over the session, explained that the bill seeks to enhance the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) regulatory capacity.

Senate Moves to Empower Foreigners with NIN Access
    Deputy Senate President Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North)

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    Key objectives of the bill include expanding the eligibility criteria for NIN registration to include all residents of Nigeria, incorporating robust data protection measures, enhancing administrative enforcement powers for timely compliance, and removing criminal penalties for non-use of NIN.

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