The Federal Government has expressed plans are progressing to supplant the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Pantami, who revealed this to newsmen soon after a visit through telecoms administrators and NIN licensees in Abuja, said President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised on the on-going NIN enrollments.
Pantami who said the President was content with the behaviors of the activity up until now, added he had additionally informed the National Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the basic of supplanting BVN with NIN.
Pantami contended that while BVN was uniquely for accounts holders with different banks, the National Identity Numbers are for all Nigerians regardless of their status.
To determine the smooth enrollment of Nigerians, the Minister visited the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) enlistment Center in Gwarinpa, the Zonal Headquarters of MTN, Glo Mobile and Airtel in Maitama just as a Private administrator, OMNL, Nigeria.
Joined by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Garba Danbatta; Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa and Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, Engr Aliyu Aziz, the Minister said he was dazzled by the exacting adherence to COVID-19 conventions at all the enlistment places.
Reacting to difficulties experienced by those with the BVN information attempting to redesign with NIN information, Pantami said:” The test is that the BVN records may not be 100% the equivalent with NIN however what is most significant is that the NIN is the essential character of every single resident, including lawful inhabitants.
“BVN is an approach of a bank and has not been set up by law, NIN is the lone compulsory number and the essential ID of our residents and all other identifications is optional.
“The NIMC Act 2007 gives that every one of our residents should be enlisted and the law allows them 60 days to select from the time the law was established and a limit of 180 days and all lasting inhabitants in the country and lawful occupants that need to remain here for at least two years should be enlisted.
“So this is the essential recognizable proof of all and any remaining information bases should use this and not for NIN to use the BVN on the grounds that it is the essential one.
“We examined with the CBN Governor today on the most proficient method to guarantee that every one of our residents with BVN will promptly be given the NIN. We are working on that yet encouraging the interaction lies on CBN to make it a lot simpler for our kin.”
Requested to explain government position on the BVN supplanting with NIN, Pantami said:” I made an introduction to National Economic Sustainability Committee and I drew the consideration of CBN Governor that we need to supplant BVN with NIN in light of the fact that the BVN is a bank strategy while NIN is a law.
“Since it has been set up by law so the strength of the law any place you go isn’t the equivalent with an arrangement of one organization.
“Additionally, BVN is simply appropriate to the individuals who have financial balances yet NIN is for each resident and legitimate occupants in the country. BVN is our auxiliary information base while NIN and the data set is the essential one in the country that every single establishment should make reference to NIMC.”