The National Identity Management Commission in Nigeria (NIMC) is set to commence the integration of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) into the National Identity database.
At a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, the Director-General of NIMC, Mr Chris Onyemenam, said that the planned integration was borne out of the need to obey a presidential directive to harmonise various databases.
A hamonisation committee has been set up to facilitate the integration process while the NIMC is collating the BVN data from the banks.
He assured Nigerians that the system would greatly enhance the work of security agencies and also provide government with the needed data for planning.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has shifted the deadline for the mandatory use of the national identification number to January 9, 2016.
The development was disclosed on Monday by the Director General of NIMC, Mr Chris Onyemenam, at a press conference in Abuja.
The Commission had earlier fixed September 1 for all transactions by all relevant government institutions involving the identification of individuals or bodies to be carried out with the number.
Such transactions include application for and issuance of international passport, opening of individual or group bank accounts, voter registration and payment of taxes.