“Forcing Nigerians to register for NIN amid coronavirus is irresponsible” – Afenifere Blasts FG
The federal government has been reprimanded for forcing Nigerians to register for a national identification number at a time when the coronavirus ravages the country.
Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, described the government’s approach as irresponsible.
The organization described the exercise as a demonstration of total disregard for the lives of citizens in order to expose them to the vagaries of the coronavirus without any protection in these dire conditions.
Afenifere’s National Advertising Secretary Yinka Odumakin expressed this view in a statement released Friday, entitled: “NIMC Registration Amid COVID – 19 Irresponsibility.”
As a reminder, on December 14, 2020, the federal government ordered telecommunications companies to disconnect the phone lines of subscribers who were unable to link their national identification numbers to subscriber identification forms.
Nigerians who do not have a NIN went to the NIMC offices, ignoring COVID-19 protocols such as wearing masks and social distancing.
However, officials from the National Personal Data Management Commission, currently on strike, also complained that they were not provided with personal protective equipment and their benefits were not paid.
Afenifere said: “It is so barbaric and archaic that Nigerians are exposed to these dangers, which is a testament to the lack of critical thinking in management, when organizations like Google can manage any information from people’s phones without contacting the owners.
“We urge the government to respond to the strong accusation by the President of the Association of High Officials of Nigeria (NIMC Unit) Laki Asekohaya that the virus had already been detected in three agency employees at its headquarters, and the government made a cover-up.