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NIN registration may be suspended, says health minister

By Cynthia Ikem

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Covid-19 risks may cause the ongoing National Identification Number enrolment to be suspended, says Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora.

Mamora who is a member of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, made this known at the early hours of Monday, while featuring on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily.

In his words, “I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude; it’s like a superspreader event which we don’t like, but I’m also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this”.

“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.”

He added that the government has a duty to ensure that people are protected and ensure that people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large.

It would be recalled that NIMC workers embarked on strike last Thursday over exposure to COVID-19 risks, lack of personal protective equipment and poor funding. The workers, however, called off the industrial action some 24 hours later.

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Communication Commission, had ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identity Number.

Allso, telcos subscribers with NIN have January 19 as deadline to link their NIN with their SIM cards, while subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to do so.

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