In a bid to meet the December 31st deadline given by the Federal Government for all phone numbers to be linked to the National Identity Number (NIN), Nigerians who do not have NIN have stormed the Alausa, Lagos office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enroll for it.
This is happening despite the fact that the Lagos State Government imposed some COVID-19 restrictions so as to curb a resurgence of the virus.
Some of the measures include:
- All public servants from GL 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, are to work from home from Monday, December 21st for the next 14 days – in the first instance.
- All schools must shut down with immediate effect, and until further notice.
- Concerts, carnivals, and street parties are banned in Lagos State until further notice.
- Night Clubs have not been allowed to open yet. All Night Clubs in Lagos must immediately shut down, until further notice.
- All Places of Worship (Churches, Mosques, etc.) must ensure that no gathering exceeds two hours, and also that no gathering exceeds 50% of the maximum capacity of the Venue.
While many at the NIMC office were seen wearing face masks, there was no form of social distancing as they struggled to gain access to the office for NIN registrations.