- Nigerians who want to process a new driver's licence will now be mandated to use their National Identification Number
- This was announced by the Federal Road Safety Corps as all agencies of government align with a recent federal government directive
- The road management agency says the new policy will commence on Monday, December 21
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has mandated the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the processing of driver’s license.
The agency made the announcement on Wednesday, December 16 in a statement posted on its social media pages and signed by an Assistant Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem.
Part of the statement read:
“FRSC management has resolved that effective 21 December 2020, all applicants for the national driver’s licence in Nigeria must present the National Identification Number (NIN) from the NIMC before they can be captured for any class of the licences produced by the FRSC.
“All driver’s licence applicants are, therefore, expected to present their National Identification Number from the date, before they can be attended to.”
Stressing that there would be no waiver for anyone, Kazeem emphasised the need for a harmonised database of all citizens and described it as critical to resolving security challenges in the country.
He urged the public, especially those going for their driver’s licence processing, to heed to the directives and follow the procedures for getting their NIN from the National Identity Management Commission.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the announcement of the FRSC on social media.
Olatunji Ayodele wrote on Twitter:
“At least we can finally have a centralized database in this country if properly done.”
Femi Holder wrote:
“Nigeria should stop stressing us. You people should have done the synchronization from your end.”
Hasheem N. Hasheem wrote:
“Very good my people, you're really doing well to moving my country to the next level of development. I'm extremely optimistic that one day Nigeria will be great.”
Abraham Onyeke wrote:
“What kind of government is Buhari running in Nigeria? With your national ID card, international passport, voters card, and driving license, all you do is to link it to one data base that whoever has one can use anywhere.”
Abbey Emmanuel wrote:
“I want to believe there is no other ulterior motive behind the idea of mandating the citizens on NIN.”
Biyi Oke wrote:
“This is not the best way to enforce people to get their NIN. The government should make it easy for citizens by applying online and expecting the plastic anytime, their center is too rowdy.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to refrain from blocking SIM cards not linked to NIN until after 10 weeks.
The lawmakers made the request on Wednesday, December 16, following the directive by the NCC that SIM not linked with NIN will be blocked after two weeks.
In a related development, the federal government through the ministry of communications and digital economy has announced the licensing of 173 centres and 30 state institutions for the enrolment of the NIN.
The government stated that the centres will be responsible for the enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the NIMC.
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