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NIMC moved to Interior Ministry to speed up passport issuance

THE National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has been moved to the Ministry of Interior.

It was gathered yesterday that the action by the Federal Government was to fast-track passport issuance and National Identity Number (NIN) to Nigerians.

NIMC’s Head of Corporate Communications Kayode Adegoke, confirmed the development.

“Yes, we have been moved,” he said, revealing also that the commission would launch a mobile app at the weekend to enable Nigerians to “make online requests for changes of dates of birth, or any updates regarding their personal information.”

NIMC is responsible for issuing NIN, while the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), an agency under the Interior Ministry, issues international passports.

NIMC was prior to the latest development,  supervised by the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy.

The commission,  in conjunction with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), collaborated for the linkage of NINs with the Subscribers’ Identity Modules (SIMs). The goal was to curb crimes, especially kidnapping,   banditry and terrorism.

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