Updated: FG clarifies, says not all Nigerians need self-certification forms
- The FG has deleted its earlier announcement which directed bank account holders to fill self-certification forms
- The FIRS has now made a clarification regarding the earlier announcement
- The agency said the self-certification form is not required to be completed by all customers
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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has made a clarification over an earlier announcement that erroneously directed Nigerians with bank accounts to fill and submit self-certification forms.
The FIRS in a tweet on Friday, September 18, explained that requirement was neither for all Nigerians nor for all account holders.
According to the agency, only non-residents and other persons who have a residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or country are expected to complete the self-certification forms.
The FIRS made the clarification after Nigerians expressed anger over the directive mandating bank account holders to fill the self-certification forms or face sanctions
Below is a screengrab the earlier tweet from the federal government which has now been deleted:
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In other news, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) director-general, has said that only 42 million people have been captured on the National Identity Number (NIN) despite Nigeria’s large population.
According to The Nation, Aziz revealed this on Wednesday, September 16, when speaking at the second National Identity Day celebration in Abuja.
The NIMC boss advised Nigerians to register as registration is free as they will start paying for registration of the number in the next three to five years.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government announced that it has replaced the identity card with a digital means of identification.
This change was announced by the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday, August 13, during a press briefing in Abuja.
The minister, who also chairs the committee, said that the card is no more the focus, adding that the important thing is the NIN. He said the digital process will be domiciled in NIMC.
In another report, NIMC has disclosed that the mobile application designed for digital identification is not yet in use.
This revelation was given by the spokesperson of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, who said that the application for the online national identity card is still being test run.
Adegoke stated that this became necessary following numerous complaints by Nigerians who try to use the app to upload their details online.
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