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NIMC advocates NIN for asset declaration

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has asked the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to make the National Identification Number (NIN) a basic requirement for asset declaration in the country.

Director General/ CEO, NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, made the request at the Code of Conduct Sensitization Workshop in Abuja on Wednesday.

The DG said the collaboration between the two agencies became necessary to enable public officers present their NIN for asset declaration.

He noted that the NIN will allow the Code of Conduct Bureau to automate records of public officers together, making information accessible with NIN.

Engr. Aziz said the intention of the Commission was to work as an ecosystem with all data collecting agencies, save billions of tax payers’ money, and work towards the same goal of creating a unique National Identity Database in Nigeria.

The DG explained that the ecosystem will go a long way in eliminating duplication of efforts and responsibility, and enhance security especially in the area of information sharing.

“We are currently working with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) as NIN is now mandatory for land allocation within the FCT which allows them to track assets and transactions”. He said.

Responding, Mr. Michael Okwose, the Deputy Director, Code of Conduct Bureau promised to take request to his Director General, on the need to include the NIN in the data capturing process of public officers at the point of registration.

He cautioned the staff against bribe taking, accepting and soliciting for gifts from members of the public.

Mr Okwose added that public officers must declare their assets three months after employment and every four years or be ready to face the law.

Victoria Chimezie/Abuja

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