THE federal government is looking at suspending nationwide NIN registration as a result of the surging crowd besieging designated centres,
Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, told Channels TV on Monday.
“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,” Mamora, who is also a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said.
“So, people may have to wait and be called at intervals to go through the process,” he further said.
He noted that the NIN registration was becoming a super spreader event, which could worsen Nigeria’s COVID-19 status.
“I am also aware that the relevant ministry, which is the Communications and Digital Economy, is looking at this,” he further said.
Mamora said the government had a duty to protect Nigerians at all times, urging the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to re-order the enrolment process to avoid large crowds at NIN registration centres nationwide.
“We have a duty to ensure that people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large,” he noted.
For fear of being disconnected by telecoms firms and network operators, Nigerians have besieged NIN registration centres across the country, flouting COVID-19 protocol set by the Nigeria’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.