Many Nigerians have expressed frustration about the unnecessary difficulties in enrolling for the National Identification Number (NIN) at the NIMC office at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
On Friday, a large crowd had gathered at the Alausa office as early as 8 am for various issues including capturing, collection, correction, and validation.
The crowd, which included many candidates who needed the NIN to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), began to thin before 12 noon when they were told there was no network. The bad network grounded all activities – from submission of enrollment forms to validation or reprinting of NIN slips.
For a group of six girls who came all the way from Iju area of Ifako-Ijaiye, not getting their validation done on Friday meant that they could not benefit from the free UTME registration scheme of a lawmaker for 750 youths in their area.
They said they skipped school, Iju Senior Grammar School, on Friday to visit the NIMC Ikeja office for the validation so they could submit their NIN ahead of the Sunday deadline.
The NIN is one of the criteria they needed to benefit from the scheme set up by Hon. Temitope Adedeji Adewale Temitope, who represents Ifako Ijaiye constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“Hon. Adewale Temitope has been organising Saturday lessons for us to prepare for JAMB. Tomorrow is our Saturday class. We won’t be able to collect the free form if we don’t get our NIN done today, we won’t get the free form because it closes on Sunday,” one of the girls said.
Another lamented that despite coming as early as 9am, they were not given the tally number for validation but told to return on Monday to get it done.
“It is very stressful. We have been here since morning. But they are just pushing us from one place to another. I have not eaten since morning,” she said.
She continued: “I will be sad if I miss this free form. I already told my mother not to worry about buying a UTME form for me because of this scheme.”