Large crowds gathered at the offices of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, in Lagos on Monday in a bid to register and obtain the National Identity Number.
This follows the directives by the Nigerian Communication Commission ordering telecommunications companies to suspend phone subscribers who have no NIN within two weeks.
Currently, only about 41.5 million Nigerians out of an estimated 198 million active phone subscribers have NIN.
Those seen at the Alausa office were flouting the covid-19 protocol put in place by the government in a bid to tackle the spread of COVID-19 which has been on the increase – most of those seeking to register their NIN had no mask on. NewsWireNGR recalls that the Lagos State Government had shutdown clubs and event centres over the weekend for what it termed “flouting” covid-19 guidelines.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has also been infected with COVID-19, ordered the closure of places of worship, schools, clubs and other places which could attract large crowds.
NewsWireNGR recalls that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project had described the order as an abuse of human rights and threatened to sue the Federal Government within seven days if it is not rescinded.
The Federal Government recently approved the licensing of 173 centres and 30 state government institutions to conduct enrolment of persons into the National Identity Database.