Nigeria: Industry Body Calls For Suspension Of NIN Registrations, Due To Covid-19 Concerns
The leadership of the Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers (ATCIS) have raised concern over the possible safety hazard of the National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment. They have called for a suspension of the system, due to its COVID-19 risk.
ATCIS president, Sina Belsanmi, issued a statement on Monday, 11 January, criticising its members' ill-treatment across Nigeria by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). He challenged the government to suspend the NIN registration, and he also demanded an apology for their subscribers.
Bilesanmi advised the commission to go back to the drawing board, have a meeting with all stakeholders for solutions and other ways of avoiding a massive volume of people at its centres nationwide for the enrolment process.
Bilesanmi pleaded with the Ministry of Communications and NIMC saying "if they are true leaders, to come out and apologise to our members and thousands of subscribers willing to come out and do their national identity card. He said, seeing a picture of his members gathered in masses while trying to be registered was not okay. It looked like a super spreader event, which the government should be avoiding during a pandemic. The ATCIS president further implored the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on its duty to ensure Nigerians were protected at all times.