- A group, ACJHR is concerned about the rise of COVID-19 infections in the country
- The forum faults the mode of the ongoing National Identity Number registration
- The organisation explained why the NIN registration poses serious health hazards
More uncertainty continues to trail the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN) registration after a group, the African Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR), asked the federal government to stop the exercise.
ACJHR in a statement in Abuja said the registration being carried out by the Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) exposes Nigerians to the risks of contracting COVID-19, The Sun reported.
The executive director of the forum, Nduka-Edede Chinwendu, advised the government to take into consideration the daily increase of COVID-19 cases being recorded in Nigeria.
The director said halting the ongoing registration will help in checking the further spread of the disease in Nigeria.
The group said it is shameful to see crowds gathering at registration centres at a time the same government is asking citizens to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
“ACJHR therefore called on the Federal Government to stop the ongoing registration if indeed it is serious with its acclaimed commitment to curtailing the spread of the virus.”
“We shall henceforth hold the government responsible for any further increase in the number of infections in the country if it fails to stop the exercise forthwith."
Meanwhile, the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the federal government may suspend the 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.
According to NIMC's spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, gave the directive on Saturday, January 16.
Adegoke also disclosed that the minister reactivated 20 other centres within the FCT to make the process of National Identity Numbers (NIN) enrolment much easier for applicants effective on Monday, January 18.
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