The minister of communication and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami, made this know to the Newsmen on Monday after a visit to the telecommunications operations and NIN license in Abuja
He was accompanied by the Executive vice chairman of Ncc, Prof. Garba Danbantta, said the President. Muhammadu Buhari, made brief explanations on the ongoing NIN registration…
He further explained why the BVN was only for banks account holders, while the NIN are for all Nigeria irrespective of their status.
Pantami according to him said
” challenges is the that the BVN record may not be 100% the same with NIN but , what is most important is that the NIN is the primary identity of very citizens, including legal residents.
“BVN is a policy of a bank and has not been established in by the Law of the country, but NIN is the only mandatory number and the primary identification of all citizens of the country and every other identification is secondary including the BVN.
“The Nimc Act 2007 provide that all our citizens must be enrolled and the law gives them 60days, to enroll from the time. The law was enacted and a maximum of 180 days and all permanent resident in the country and legal residents, that have to stay here for a minimum of 24 month must be enrolled.
“Pantami argued that while BVN was only for accounts holders with various banks, the National Identity Numbers are for all Nigerians irrespective of their status.
“To ascertain the smooth registration of Nigerians, the Minister visited the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) registration Centre in Gwarinpa, the Zonal Headquarters of MTN, Glo Mobile and Airtel in Maitama as well as a Private operator, OMNL, Nigeria.
discussed with the CBN Governor today on how to ensure that all our citizens with BVN will immediately be provided with the NIN. We are working on that but facilitating the process lies on CBN to make it much easier for our people.”
Asked to clarify government position on the BVN replacement with NIN, Pantami said:” I made a presentation to National Economic Sustainability Committee and I drew the attention of CBN Governor that we need to replace BVN with NIN because the BVN is a bank policy while NIN is a law.
“Because it has been established by law so the strength of the law wherever you go is not the same with a policy of one institution.
“Also, BVN is only applicable to those who have bank accounts but NIN is for every citizen and legal residents in the country. BVN is our secondary database while NIN and the database is the primary one in the country that each and every institution should make reference to NIMC