Lagos Residents Grumble over Difficulty of obtaining NIN

Scores of Lagos residents in Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA) have expressed worry over several fruitless attempts to register and obtain the National Identity Numbers (NIN) from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Hundreds of residents at Ikotun were seen waiting to be attended to, many of them claimed that they got to the office as early as 6 a.m. to queue, they had their names recorded in a list and were given numbers.

Mr Adekunle Adewole, one of the residents, said that he arrived at the place as early as 6 a.m. to enable him to get a number, saying it was his third attempt to be registered, to no avail.

“This is my third effort for this registration, the last time I came, I was asked to come back on April 2 and to ensure they attended to me I came here about 6.10 a.m, only to notice that the whole place was already filled with people,’’ he said.

Adewole said he got number 55 and prayed it would get to his turn before the close of work, appealing to the government to provide more working devices for the officials to attend to a multitude of Nigerians, who want to obtain the NIN cards.

Adewole, however, expressed disappointment at the attitude of the staffers of NIMC. “When they resumed they discarded the list of names, claiming that they had lost it and had to start the process of name writing all over again”.

Adewole asked in frustration, “Why did we wake up early to queue?”

A 65-year-old grandmother, Mrs Abibat Adekanbi, corroborated the account of Adewole, adding that the people were exposed to undue suffering just to register for NIN.

Ms Omolola Bello, another resident, said that she had been coming to the office for registration since 2023 without success, saying the government should look into the challenges affecting the operations of the agency to make the exercise seamless.

An official of NIMC, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that they would only attend to those booked since Feb. 19.

“We are attending to those we are supposed to have registered on Good Friday, being March 29, but unable to do so due to the public holiday. Listed Banks Need N2.8 trillion to Meet New Capital Base

“It is very challenging that we keep recording huge numbers of applicants every day, yet we do not have too many hands and equipment, all we promise is to keep pushing while appealing for patience from the applicants,” she said.

She also complained about the activities of touts, who she claimed had infiltrated the place as agents to exploit applicants, noting that no NIMC official had the backing of the management to collect money.

NAN observed that some agents were collecting between N5,000 and N10,000 to fast-track the process for some applicants, while those without such an amount waited helplessly for their turn.

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