Nigerians will only wait a paltry five minutes to complete the National Identification Number registration at any National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offices across the country, according to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
Pantami disclosed this on Friday when he featured on Channels Television ‘s Politics Today.
He said, “You can complete the form virtually without visiting any office but there are things that require you (to be there) physically like your biometrics; you cannot submit your biometrics without you (being there) physically.
“Each person takes around three to five minutes to complete the registration and go as long as you have completed your form.”
According to him while reacting to the crowds that usually besiege NIMC offices, 95 per cent of NIN applicants appear at the offices without being invited.
The minister added, “Citizens will go there, their names are not part of those to be captured but they will go and stay at the gates, and if you ask them to leave they will not. Even the security agencies plead with them but they will not go.
“All the crowds you have been seeing in Abuja or Lagos, 90 per cent or even 95 per cent of them were not part of those invited to be captured. They only go there and stay outside the gates.”
The communications minister noted that NIMC workers did not inform the ministry of their demands and grievances before embarking on strike.
He stated that he had written the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, for an onward review of the salaries of NIMC staff.
NIMC workers had called off the strike just some 24 hours after they declared an industrial action over exposure to COVID-19 risks, lack of personal protective equipment and poor funding.
SWITCH NIGERIA recalls that the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) had ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identity Number.
To this end, telcos subscribers with NIN, the government said, have January 19 as deadline to link their NIN with their SIM cards while subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to do so.