NIN registration to resume Monday as NIMC workers end strike

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced the full resumption of the suspended National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment exercise in all its offices across the country.

This is as the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN)
NIMC branch called off the industrial action it embarked upon on Wednesday over alleged exposure to COVID-19 risks, irregularities in promotion, and poor funding.

The NIMC branch President of ASCSN, Asekokhai Lucky who confirmed the suspension of the strike to journalists in Abuja said workers of the commission across the country have been contacted to resume work by Monday to continue with the NIN registration.

The Federal Government had mid-December last year through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),
directed telecommunications operators to block all Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards not registered with NIN by the end of 2020.

NCC later extended the initial deadline fixed for the integration of SIM cards with NIN from December 30 to February 19 for all subscribers without NIN and from December 30 to January 19 for all subscribers that have already obtained their NIN but the exercise was however stalled by NIMC staff’s strike.

NIMC in a press statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke late Friday said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has intervened in the matter and assured the workers of looking into their grievances and advised them to empathise with Nigerians especially at this time that linkage of the NIN with SIM cards is ongoing for the security of lives and property in the country.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz reiterated his Management’s avowed pursuit of the welfare, health, and safety of all staff of the Commission.

Aziz enjoined staff to go about their normal duties while fully observing the COVID-19 protocols as they enroll Nigerians and other eligible individuals.

He also assured that more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would be made available to staff, in addition to those already donated by the World Bank which had since been distributed to all NIMC offices nationwide.

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