ICYMI: Twitter Reacts To The Ongoing NIN Registration & Deadline For SIM Linkage

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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.

 

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