Nigerians scrambling to register for the National Identity Number (NIN) have been thrown into more confusion following the suspension of the process due to an indefinite strike embarked upon by a unit of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN).
The association explained that the industrial action was due to poor welfare packages, lack of tools, and risk of exposure to the Covid-19 by the deluge of people flooding to NIMC office for the registration.
This was contained in a statement signed and released by Michael Asekokhai, ASCSN NIMC unit and Victor Odia, the union’s secretary.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, had last month ordered all telecoms firms to disconnect SIM cards which were not linked with NIN.
Currently, over 100 million Nigerians have yet to do so, causing huge crowds to gather at the various offices of NIMC in breach of the COVID-19 protocol.
According to the ASCSN, NIMC branch, the strike had become necessary due to the exposure of staff to Covid-19 risks, lack of personal protective equipment, irregularities in promotion and poor funding.
They also complained of not being paid for working overtime nor given enough tools to work with.