- NIMC has continued to face backlashes over the recent NIN registration directive
- But the management of the commission raised a defence as Nigerians grumbled over NIMC site not being accessible
- Kayode Adegoke, the NIMC spokesman, said the site did not crash but is going through an upgrade into a safer platform
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has refuted the claim that its site, nimc.gov.ng, crashed after the page became inaccessible by Nigerians.
NIMC spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, made this clarification while speaking with The Punch amid reactions trailing the federal government's directive on NIN.
Legit.ng recalls that the NCC on Tuesday, December 15, announced that Nigerians must update and link their data with telecoms companies with NIN.
Adinde, in a statement in Abuja, said the new rule applies to new SIM cards, stressing that those not linked with NIN will be disconnected in two weeks time.
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However, in what generated backlashes, a huge crowd was sighted at one of the NIMC centres located at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos state as people struggled to enrol for NIN without observing the COVID-19 safety measures.
The development forced the NIMC to shut down its offices in most parts of the country on Monday, December 21, with the federal government also extending the deadline to January 19, 2021, for subscribers with NIN and February 9 for those without NIN.
The NIMC spokesman has now said contrary to the claim, the site did not crash but going through an upgrade process into a safer platform.
“Our site didn’t crash. We are upgrading the site, we are migrating it to a higher and better platform where information security will be topnotch.
“More users will be able to be on the site per time. It will also be able to accommodate more information. Information security is key. The site will be back today.”
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has announced approved 173 centres and 30 state government institutions to conduct enrolment.
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