Nigerians bemoan non-issuance of National ID

Nigerians bemoan non-issuance of National ID

Sunday, March 27, 2016 1:18 pm

The original National ID Card

The original National ID Card

Some Nigerians  who have registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). expressed worries today, that several years after they performed the civic task, they are yet to get the national identity cards.

In separate interviews  the Nigerians wondered what could be delaying the issuance of the cards, even after getting SMS to come for them.

Since 2014, NIMC said it has commenced issuance of electronic identity cards to Nigerians and legal immigrants who enrolled with the commission. The commission usually sends SMS to registrants whose cards were ready directing them to visit collection centres with their slips for biometric verification to get their cards

However, many of those invited were disappointed as they could not collect their cards from the commission. Some have been lucky, as they got the cards issued to them.

Mr Amanze Peter, a civil servant, who received text message, said he was disappointed at the inability of the commission to give him the card.

Peter, who registered with the commission in 2013, complained that he was yet to get his card despite several visits to the collection centre.

“I registered on Jan. 2, 2013, up till now, I cannot get my card’’, he stressed.

Mrs Mary Chinedu, who works with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said the processing and collection procedures were poor.

She urged the commission to improve on the processes to enable people that registered to collect their cards with minimum delay.

“I registered on Aug. 14, 2015; I got enrolment slip but cannot get the card.’’

Malam Ahmed Sanni, a businessman, who collected his card last week, however, complained that he could not identify himself anywhere in the card as dried fish seller.

Ms Latifat Adenitire, NYSC member, who also collected her card last week,
commended the commission for issuing the card to her in Abuja.

Adenitire said although she registered in Calabar in 2014 and deployed to FCT for the national service, she was able to collect the card in Abuja

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