Federal Government Plans To Replace BVN With NIN –Isa Pantami

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has revealed has started making plans to replace Numbers (BVN) with National Identity Numbers (NIN).

Minister who disclosed this to newsmen shortly after a tour of telecoms operators and NIN licensees in Abuja, said President Muhammadu Buhari has been briefed on on-going NIN registrations.

Pantami who said was happy with conducts of exercise so far, added he had also briefed National Economic Sustainability Committee headed by on the imperative of replacing BVN with NIN.

Pantami argued while BVN was only for accounts holders with various banks, the National Identity Numbers are for all irrespective of their status.

Responding to challenges encountered by those with the BVN data trying to upgrade with NIN data, Pantami said:” The challenge is the BVN may not be 100 percent the same with NIN but what is most important is the NIN is the primary identity of each and every citizen, including legal residents.

“BVN is a policy of a and has not been established by law, NIN is the only mandatory number and the primary identification of our citizens and every other identification is secondary.

“The NIMC Act 2007 provides that all our citizens must be enrolled and the law them 60 days to enroll the time the law was enacted and a maximum of 180 days and all permanent residents in the country and legal residents that have to stay here for a minimum of 24 months must be enrolled.

“So this is the primary identification of all and all other data bases are supposed to utilize this and not for NIN to utilize the BVN because it is the primary .

“We discussed with the CBN 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 lies on CBN to make it much easier for our people.”

Asked to clarify government position on the BVN replacement with NIN, Pantami said:” made a presentation to National Economic Sustainability Committee and drew the attention of CBN that we need to replace BVN with NIN because the BVN is a 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 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 in the country that each and every institution should make reference to NIMC.”