Strong condemnations continue to dog the recent directive by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that Nigerians should link their Subscribers Identification Modules (SIM) cards to their National Identification Number (NIN) as many Nigerians have expressed strong reservations on the move.
On Monday, there was uproar on social media, particularly on Twitter, following the breach of coronavirus protocols by hundreds of Nigerians who visited NIMC offices in Lagos and Rivers to get their NIN. Photos shared online by eyewitnesses showed the crowd in Lagos seen breaching the recent COVID-19 protocols recently imposed by the state government.
While some wore no face masks, many were not observing physical nor social distancing, an act that is a threat to efforts by the government to tackle the spread of the deadly virus which has been on rise in the last two weeks.
Some wondered why government would embark on this kind of mission at this time when the world is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that this is a festive period in the country. Beyond that, many felt it was not a well-thought out decision considering the bottlenecks associated with the NIMC registration.
Last week, the country’s COVID-19 infections witnessed yet another significant increase. Nigeria recorded 3,817 new COVID-19 infections which is the highest the country has recorded in over four months.
So they are locking down everywhere and no info on the massively overcrowded NIMC office… dem swear for this government?? https://t.co/Efp1EI7jHB
— Moyò of Lagos (@Moyo_VIP) December 22, 2020
A sign that @DrIsaPantami is unwise….The world is battling a pandemic and Pantami wants Nigerians to queue for NIM while the country spends millions of $$ to save lives and contain the virus. Pantami is irresponsible. He should be arrested for endangering public lives.
— AbdulRasheethe (@Rasheethe) December 21, 2020
Was it really worth it?
Must government policies always seem as if designed to maximize suffering?
— Isaac Anyaogu (@IsaacAnyaogu1) December 21, 2020
Dear @Chikwe_I of @NCDCgov: Did you give a #COVID19 advisory to @DrIsaPantami, as his order on getting an #NIN and linking it to a mobile phone profile, is likely to cause a super-spread of the virus throughout #Nigeria?
— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) December 21, 2020
Dear @nimc_ng @DrIsaPantami Nigerians who have gone to do registration for NIN at NIMC locations are being asked to part with money, in some cases N7000, N4000, N500 etc. They are not given receipts for these because it is illegal. What is happening?
— F.E (@FrankEleanya) December 21, 2020
So all of you are really linking your nin to your sims? I thought we all agreed not to do anything 😳
— Lit! (@JusttLit) December 21, 2020
This whole NIMC & NIN thing was meant to be a distraction. From the state of insecurity, the kidnappings, abductions and all the govt borrowing & financial mismanagement happening.
I won't lie, it has worked!
— Oluwaseun P. (@OluwaseunP) December 21, 2020
All these NIN and NIMC shii is just FG's response to End SARS protest
— Attah of Nigeria🇳🇬 (@Akortainment) December 21, 2020
How can mass SIM registration be a govt policy during a pandemic? The decision making process is just baffling. https://t.co/eJiWpRI11J
— Stephanie Busari (@StephanieBusari) December 21, 2020
Please when do they plan on blocking the SIM card of some of us coconut heads who don't have NIN and have refused to go and register with NIMC. They should tell us so we put our affairs together and prepare to give our farewell speech.
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) December 21, 2020
Seal up a club but allow thousands of people gather at NIMC office just cos they want to collect NIN. We no dey ever think straight for this country.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) December 21, 2020
Concerning the NIN, FG should try to create an app to register everyone without going to the NIMC office, more than 87% of Nigerians are using fingerprint phones, which cover more than 150million citizens. It shouldn’t be a problem making fingerprint censor as thumbprint part
— Imported Alhaji 🦅 (@ImportedAlhaji) December 21, 2020
The National Identity Management Commission website, at 10:05am WAT. That is the website you expect millions of Nigerians to visit in order to get information about your 2-week order, @DrIsaPantami. @nimc_ng @NgComCommission pic.twitter.com/TRoH7Pun22
— 'Gbénga Ṣẹ̀san (@gbengasesan) December 21, 2020
They canceled all concerts because of Covid-19 but here's NIMC, a government office filled with hundreds of people.
This government is tactless!!! pic.twitter.com/FdmSHaHdkR
— Victor Babatunde (@vhic_tore) December 21, 2020
Dear @jidesanwoolu, when are you going to order the closure of NIMC office at Alausa for flouting the recent Covid-19 guidelines?
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) December 21, 2020
Govt yansh just dey open every day like Peacock 🦚. Had another glance at the NIMC picture and asked myself must we suffer before we get SIMPLE things done. Nigeria will shorten your life span on many all levels.. Damnn
— DJ Neptune #NoBodyIconsRemix (@deejayneptune) December 21, 2020
COVID-19 arriving at NIMC office pic.twitter.com/WAcnRv6vhV
— Jollof Daddy of Fk & Uk 🇬🇧 (@partyjollof_) December 21, 2020
Restaurants, recreational centers etc are closed to prevent covid-19, but planes filled to capacity are allowed to fly into and within the country. Nigerians also have a deadline of three weeks to physically visit NIMC centers for NIN registration. A Government of clowns.
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) December 22, 2020
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