The Nigeria Immigration Service, through its Controller-General yesterday stated that beginning from January 1, 2018, anybody without the National Identification Number, issued by the National Identity Management Commission, will not be able to procure Nigerian International passport.

The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr. Mohammed Babandede, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting of database harmonization committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday. the decision he said, was as a result of the Federal Government’s efforts to ensuring an easier process of doing business in the country.

This also will reduce the system of double bio-metrics data capturing process by the NIS and NIMC separately.

Babandede said he had directed that permits of foreigners resident in Nigeria should not be renewed without the NIN.

To achieve this, the NIS boss said identification numbers and passport numbers would be harmonised.

“The NIMC workers can now work in our passport office. So, when you come to get your passport, you can also get the national identity card.

“The NIMC has allowed immigration workers to work in their offices. So, anybody who is coming to claim Nigerian citizenship, they will help to identify that citizen. That is the cooperation that we have had so far,” he explained.

Babandede said government’s aim is to put in place what he called e-government.

“When you want to collect anything from any government agency, we don’t need to go to get the document from any other government agency; we should be able to access it, we should be able to know whether you have paid your tax or not.

“If you are coming through the airport and you want to leave Nigeria, we should be able to know that this guy has not paid his tax and you should be able to pay your tax before you depart. We are looking at one e-government and it is possible,” he explained.