A large crowd has been seeking to obtain their NIN. Due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus while in the process, Minister Olorunnimbe announced that the ongoing NIN registration may be suspended. This remark was made on Channels TV Sunrise Daily show where he was a guest speaker.
Mr Mamora stated that it is not pleasing to see a large number of people at the NIMC offices. He said “Nobody feels good. I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitudes. It’s like super spreader events which we don’t like. I’m also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.”
He explained that the whole process should be put on hold in order to reorganize it and put proper structures in place to effectively handle the crowd. He stated that the government never planned for such a rowdy procedure.
He urged the NIMC to “re-order the enrollment process” which would help organize the whole process and limit crowd so as to protect the people and ensure that the COVID-19 protocol is followed.
Some desperate Nigerians have still kept to gathering at the NIMC offices in order to register and obtain their NINs as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) gave the ultimatum of January 18th, 2021 to link their NIN to their mobile numbers or they would be blocked.