- Nigerians are now in a last-minute rush to enrol for NIN as the FG said anyone whose SIM card is not linked to the identification number will be disconnected
- However, the failure to comply with COVID-19 protocols by those who wanted to enrol for NIN on Monday, December 21, led to the shut down of NIMC's office in Lagos
- Nevertheless, the management of the NIMC's Lagos office has said the enrolment will continue on Tuesday, December 22, with a new system adapted to avoid violation of COVID-19 guidelines
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has explained why it shut down its Lagos centre on Monday, December 21, while many people were there to enrol for their National Identity Number (NIN).
According to Premium Times, NIMC's director of corporate communications, Kayode Adegoke, said the centre was shut down because the crowd that gathered there refused to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
He faulted Nigerians for “last-minute rush”, saying that the commission had made the announcement of blocking SIM cards without NIN since March.
Way forward: Booking system
Adegoke said going forward, the commission will adopt a booking system where people will be given slots and once the daily slots have been exhausted, others will be given another date.
“In Lagos, the crowd is too much. What we are trying to do now is once you get there, let them do booking, we are adopting a booking system."
The NIMC's spokesperson added that security agents will partner with the commission to forestall incidents that could lead to the breakdown of law and order.
He said the enrolment process would continue on Tuesday, December 22, with the booking system adopted.
Recall that the Nigerian government had earlier announced that subscribers to all networks in the country are mandated to provide their NIN, else they would be blocked from using their SIM cards.
The government gave two weeks deadline, after which SIM cards without NIN will be blocked.
Meanwhile, following the hues and cries that greeted the directives given by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) regarding the NIN, the federal government has finally extended the deadline.
Legit.ng gathered that the directive on the deadline extension was contained in a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Three weeks extension was granted for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021, while six weeks extension was granted for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February 2021.
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