Residents of port Harcourt have expressed disappointment at the way and manner with which the staff and management of national identity Management Commission is handling the ongoing registration for the NIN REG.
Mr Tony Eze told our correspondent that I have gone there for three consecutive days and for each day, they will tell me no network, we have been waiting for all day long without even going to work just to get my son registered for the jamb process. Mr Tony Said things only improved on the fourth day when someone told him to pay his way through and instantly I got captured on the NIN Machine with my son. He said he parted with five thousand naira
Madam Lizzy Ndukwe said my own was a little different, the first day I came after waiting for hours, I saw people contributing money and asked what the money was meant for and I was told it was to there is no light for the workers to work and the money was to help them buy diesel for the generator to be powered so I did the same knowing the country we were in I contributed without any questions but the snail process took us to the next day, but that was the beginning as soon as I came the next day I was not attended to until I parted with 2000, after the previous 500 naira the day before. And like magic the dead system became alive.
Benson Abali said he had to abandon the exercise after he learnt that it’s not entirely free, he said I came with a family of five and I was asked to pay 10,000 for all of us for express service but I didn’t come prepared since the advert was always that the entire process is free, I told him (My Contact) that I need to go and prepare. Benson said the scene of the whole process is not encouraging as I wouldn’t want to take my whole family through the mal administered NIN Registration. He said you need to see the number of people I met there waiting to be attended to, for me there is no hurry, I prefer to wait until the system is purged
Meanwhile the National Identity Management Commission has insisted on N5,000 for the renewal of the national identity card.
According to the commission, the card has more embedded features than the passport and the Automated Teller Machine card.
The Director General/Chief Executive Officer, NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz, while appearing yesterday before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Diaspora Affairs in Abuja explained that while the card was to be issued to Nigerians and non-Nigerian residents for free, there was prior announcement that it could be reissued or renewed for free.
The NIMC had on October 15, 2019, said the renewal of the national identity card would cost N5,000 payables through Remita, a Federal Government revenue collection platform.
The announcement via its Twitter handle, @minci_ng, had generated public criticisms.
The NIMC boss was asked why the commission had been issuing paper slips while the collection of the card was being delayed for years. The lawmakers also asked why Nigerians in the diaspora were being asked to pay $50 to obtain the card, even when the official cost is $47.
Aziz said, “I want to also make it very clear that in NIMC linguistics, we don’t have any temporary or permanent card. It is the language used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (for Permanent Voter Card) and for driving licence (by the Federal Road Safety Corps).”