FG Offers Surprising Reasons To Suspend NIN Registration Across Nigeria
Considering the large crowds seeking registration in centres across Nigeria and the possibility of COVID-19, the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said, the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment may be suspended.
He made this remark on the Sunrise Daily TV channel broadcast, where he appeared on Monday as a guest.
Mr Mamora, who is also a member of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, said that “it is unpleasant to see crowds gather in the offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).”
“No one feels good. I don’t feel good looking at the sight of people being gathered in crowds. It’s like distributing super events that we don’t like. I am also aware that this is being looked at by the related Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
My understanding is that the whole process should be suspended in order to reorder the entire process in terms of crowd control, since it was never supposed to become such a rowdy process. So, individuals will have to wait and be called to go through the process at intervals,’ he said.
He urged the NIMC to “re-order the process of enrollment,” which he said would help deter large crowds around the country.
He said the government has a responsibility to ensure at all times that Nigerians are safe.
“As a government, we have a duty to ensure that people are protected; we also have a duty to ensure that people comply with what is good for society as a whole,” he said.
Anxious Nigerians have continued to gather to register for their NINs at NIMC offices across the country.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directed subscribers to connect their NINs to their mobile numbers or to block them after 18 January.
The COVID-19 cases in Nigeria continued to increase last week with the country witnessing more new cases than any other previous week. About 100,000 individuals have tested positive for the virus, with most recovering from it. In Nigeria, over 1,300 people have died from COVID-19.