A group identified as the African Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR), has urged the Federal Government to stop the National Identity Number registration.
In a statement released by the group in Abuja, it said the registration being carried out by the Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) exposes Nigerians to the risks of contracting COVID-19.
The Executive Director of the ACJHR, Nduka-Edede Chinwendu, advised the government to take into consideration the daily increase of COVID-19 cases being recorded in Nigeria.
According to him, halting the ongoing registration will help in checking the further spread of the disease in Nigeria.
The group said it is shameful to see crowds gathering at registration centres at a time the same government is asking citizens to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
“ACJHR therefore called on the Federal Government to stop the ongoing registration if indeed it is serious with its acclaimed commitment to curtailing the spread of the virus.
“We shall henceforth hold the government responsible for any further increase in the number of infections in the country if it fails to stop the exercise forthwith.”
Recall that the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, had said the federal government may suspend the NIN registration.
Mamora said that the excercise may be suspended due to the risks of contracting COVID-19 because of the large crowds which visit the NIN centres.
According to him, the crowds that have thronged the NIN registration centres across the country is a cause for concern.
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