- Olorunnimbe Mamora, the minister of State for Health, has spoken about the large crowd gathered at NIN centres
- The minister disclosed why such large gatherings could have help implications
- The official says NIMC may have to adopt other methods of registering people without exposure to COVID-19 risks
The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the federal government may suspend the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment.
Mamora told Channels TV on Monday, January 11, that the exercise may be suspended due to the risks of contracting COVID-19 because of the large crowds which visit the NIN centres.
He said the crowds that have thronged the NIN registration centres across the country is a cause for concern.
The minister stated that the gatherings at NIN centres are like a super spreader event.
“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."
The minister also urged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to re-order the enrolment process to avoid large crowds at its centres nationwide.
He said the government has a duty to ensure Nigerians are protected at all times.
Meanwhile, in another consolidated effort towards encouraging Nigerians to enrol for the NIN, the NIMC disclosed that it has launched a mobile app to aide registration.
The technical assistant, information technology to the Ministry of Communication, Femi Adeluyi, made this known in a statement issued on the night of Thursday, December 31, 2020, in Abuja.
He said the development was part of the federal government’s policy to improve the process of obtaining NIN and linking it to Subscribers Identification Module (SIM), and also aligning with the national digital economy policy for a digital Nigeria.
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