The federal government has suspended the ongoing enrolment of National identification number by the National Identity Management Commission, due to overcrowding and Covid-19 risks.
The agency was forced to shut down some of its enrolment centres on Monday, December 21 after they were overcrowded by Nigerians who were desperate to have their data captured in exchange for their NIN.
Speaking earlier today on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora said;
“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.”