The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has directed that Nigerians will pay a new fee of N1,000 for National Identity Number (NIN) integration and verification.
The spokesman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke, in a statement late on Monday, said the new arrangement was in furtherance of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy’s directive to streamline passport application, renewal, and issuance processes.
He said every Nigerian seeking NIN verification would pay a verification fee of N1000; in African countries, $3.00 (organization or its equivalent in other currencies), and in other countries $10.00 (or its equivalent in other countries) NIMC and NIS have agreed on a revised applicant journey that will significantly improve the speed of passport issuance/re-issuance and reduce the traffic visiting the NIS office(s).
The statement reads in part: “The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) wishes to inform the general public that it has devised and agreed on a framework with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to significantly improve the quality of service, accuracy, and speed of passport services through the timely verification of the National Identification Number (NIN).
“This new arrangement is in furtherance of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy’s directive to streamline passport application, renewal, and issuance processes.
“Consequently, a NIN Verification fee would be charged for each Nigerian passport application for this service. The NIN service, fees, and the new NIS process will go live on 1st April 2023.”