NIMC empowers GLO, Airtel, others to register Nigerians for NIN
The Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Aliyu Aziz has disclosed that the agency has licensed Telecommunications companies such as Globacom, Airtel, MTN, 9mobile and others to register people who do not have National Identity Numbers.
This is to avoid overcrowding at the commission’s offices Aziz, says.
“We have licensed private and public sector organizations including telcos (telecommunications companies) so as to create more centres,” Aziz told PRNigeria.
Aziz’s diclosure came after Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, constituted a committee to address the demands of NIMC employees.
NIMC workers had downed tools on January 7, 2021 in protest against the poor welfare and exposure to COVID-19. The strike was suspended days after.
Nigeria government in December 2020 all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked. It extended the deadline by six weeks for persons without NIN.
Despite the extension, the process has not been hitch-free at the centers as crowds continue to besiege registration centers nationwide with many calling for outright suspension of the NIN registration due to the violation of COVID-19 protocols.