NIN REGISTRATION: Minister of health says NIN registration might be put on hold as throngs of people gathered at NIMC offices may pose a Covid-19 risk


Honorable Olorunnimbe Mamora- minister of state at federal ministry of health, Nigeria- during a discussion on on Monday while on Channels Television's Sunrise Daily programme said the ongoing registration of Nigerians for National identification number at NIMC offices Nationwide may be postponed as a result of covid-19 risk. 

In his words: "I don't feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude; it's like a superspreader event which we don't like But I'm also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.

"My understanding is that the whole process may be suspended so as to reorder the whole process in terms of management of the crowd because it was never intended that it would become a rowdy process like that."

"We have a duty as government to ensure that people are protected; we also have a duty to ensure people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large." The minister added.

Recall that on the 16th of December 2020, The Federal Government policy which requires mobile network subscribers to update their SIM registration with a valid NIN has caused a tremendous increase in the application for the NIN with  throngs of crowds pouring in to the different NIMC enrolment centres across the country.

 Staff of the NIMC had gone on a strike last Thursday over the risk of COVID-19 spread in the agency, Inadequate provision of work tools for civic data enrolment and poor welfare package. The workers, however, called off the industrial action some twenty four hours later.

 Nigerian Communication Commission(NCC), had ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate SIM cards of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identity Number before February 9th, 2020.

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