The Federal Government has said that it may suspend the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) registration due to the large crowds that gather during the process, which pose COVID-19 risks.
This disclosure was made by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora while appearing on Channels Television, on Monday, January 11, 2021.
According to him, the decision is to help the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) get back to the drawing board and reorder the whole enrolment process in terms of management of the crowd in its offices across the country.
In his words,
“Nobody feels good; I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude. It’s like a super spreader event which we don’t like. 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. So, people may have to wait and be called at intervals to go through the process.”