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FG to suspend NIN registration over large crowds, spread of COVID-19

The Minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the federal government may suspend the ongoing national identification number (NIN) enrolment exercise due to large crowd. 

The country as at yesterday, 100,087 total cases was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)...

Mamora, speaking during a programme on Channels Television, on Monday, the minister said the decision is to avoid the spread of COVID-19 as a result of large crowds. 

"I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude. It’s like a super spreader 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, Mamora said. 

"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. 

"We have a duty as government to ensure that people are protected. We also have a duty to ensure people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large."

There has been a large Crowds in the registration centres after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directed telecommunications companies to block SIM cards not registered with the national identity number (NIN) after 14 days. 


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