Nigerians to FG: suspend NIN registration ‘temporarily’

Nigerians have asked the federal government to suspend the National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment temporarily considering the large crowds seeking registration in centres across Nigeria and the risk of COVID-19.

Nigerians have asked the federal government to suspend the National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment temporarily considering the large crowds seeking registration in centres across Nigeria and the risk of COVID-19.

The Nation had reported how many Nigerians have continued to besiege various NIMC offices across the nation to register for their NINs.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had directed that subscribers link their mobile numbers to their NINs or they would be blocked after January 18.

Reacting to The Nation’s social media posts especially on Twitter and Facebook, concerning the crowd at the NIMC Ikeja centre which gathered overwhelming engagements, they expressed displeasure over the federal government’s insistence for registration, warning that its continuity would aggravate coronavirus infection in the country.

Many Nigerians are of the opinion that the registration process must be suspended due to the raging COVID-19 infection.

Abiodun Aruleba said: “This is disastrous, opening thousands of branches all over the country like post offices, ministries, mobile services provider centres, private sector agencies. Local councils. Will relieve the pressure in the Country. This is what they should have planned for long time”

Chenemi said: “@NCDCgov whatever happened to social distancing, staying safe? Or is COVID afraid of the crowds at the NIN offices? This is one of the fastest ways to spread the virus. Massive community transmission. Kindly advise”

Prof Augustine Akhidime said: “This is why many refer to Nigeria as an unserious country of contradictions. This raises the question as to whether the FGN campaign to curb Covid-19 spread is rarely a sincere one?!!!”

Olu Raphael said: “Very soon one PTF will come on national TV and keep saying that it’s Church and school that cause the increase in the number of cases …. Please is this school or church now? Make Good public policy rather all these blaming games”

Olaitan said: “FG should suspend or postpone this NIN registration and other forms of mass gathering or assembly immediately unless the government is ready to handle the surge of covid-19 infection. I hope you won’t wait until people start dropping dead before you take action.”

Obetta A.S said, “All the arms of the govt are not in sync. While one is fighting Covid-19, the other is reinforcing the spread.”

Slim Amasiani said: “This is the height of irresponsibility on the side of Nigerian Government. Are they aware we are fighting a pandemic for crying out loud?. OMG!”

Sampson said: “Will someone advise this government to shelve the idea of registration until the pandemic is over? Where is the PTF? Is this not of concern to them?”

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

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