NIMC blames Immigration for passport-NIN verification glitches

The National Identity Management Commission has blamed the Nigerian Immigration Service for the glitches being encountered in verifying the National Identity Numbers of passport applicants.

Last week, the NIS said that its inability to meet up with the six weeks target for issuance of fresh passports and the three weeks target for re-issuance was due to the challenges created by the NIMC in providing NINs.

However, the NIMC in a press statement on Monday absolved the commission of the blame and accused the NIS of failing to adopt alternative verification channels provided by the commission.

The press statement titled, ‘NIMC restates is commitment to provide seamless identification and authentication services”, was signed by NIMC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke.

It also stated that in the past one year, NIMC had launched improved NIN slip with QR code and MobileID app to ensure that alternative channels for identity verification were provided.

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