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FG to Suspend NIN Registration Due to COVID-19 Spike

Posted by Thandiubani on Mon 11th Jan, 2021 -

Nigeria's Minister of State for Health has opened up on the government's plan to suspend NIN registration.

The federal government may suspend the ongoing National Identification Number registration.
This was made public on Monday by Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health.
He said the decision is as a result of the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
As at yesterday, 100,087 cases have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). 1358 are reported dead since Coronavirus stormed Nigeria on February, 2020. Also, about 80,030 persons have been treated and discharged.
On Sunday 10, 2021, NCDC confirmed 1,544 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
This however is a wake-up call to all Nigerian that Covid-19 is real. In other to stem the spread, Mamora while playing host on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme today, said it would be wise if NIN enrolment and registration is suspended.
His words: “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.

“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.”

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