Barring any last-minute change of decision, the Federal government will be suspending the ongoing registration for National Identification Number (NIN).
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora on Monday during a Channels Television Sunrise Daily programme monitored by Fedredsnews on Monday. He said the move is unconnected with the sudden spike in the number pf Covid-19 infections across the country.
While urging the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to go back to the drawing board and re-order the enrollment process to avoid large crowds at its centres nationwide, Mamora said the government has a duty to ensure Nigerians are protected at all times.
“I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude; it’s like a superspreader event which we don’t like. But I’m also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.
“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.
“We have a duty as government to ensure that people are protected; we also have a duty to ensure people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large,” the Minister said.