NIN: Network operators to be enrolment agents for NIMC, says ALTON

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria says preparations are being finalised for network operators to become enrolment agents for the National Identity Management Commission.

ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, who is a member of the National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration, said the opening of more enrolment centres would make it easier for Nigerians to register and obtain their NIN for onward linkage to their SIM cards.

Thousands of Nigerians had trooped to the NIMC offices all over the country on Monday for their NIN registration, thereby flouting the Covid-19 protocol put in place by the government. The development forced the NIMC to shut down its offices in most parts of the country on Monday.

The government later bowed to pressure by extending the deadline to January 19, 2021, for subscribers with NIN and February 9 for those without NIN.

He said, “Before now, it has been apathy on the part of citizens to visit the enrolment centre of NIMC. I must say that until the time when NIN became a condition for Bank Verification Number, the number of uptake on NIN enrolment was quite low. And it all boils down to our attitude of low response or poor response as a people in general.

“NIMC has been on it for eight years but people have failed to visit those centres to enroll. Until there is a significant mandate that people need to do it before certain things happen, you don’t see people visiting those centres.”

Adebayo, who spoke while featuring on Arise TV’s The Morning Show monitored by The PUNCH, said the task force has agreed that network operators would become enrolment centres for the NIN registration to decongest the crowds at NIMC offices nationwide.

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