NewsOne Nigeria reports that the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, says the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari may suspend the ongoing National Identification Number enrolment process over COVID-19 risks.
He urged the National Identity Management Commission to go back to the drawing board and re-order the enrolment process to avoid large crowds at its centres nationwide.
Mamora, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the government has a duty to ensure Nigerians are protected at all times.
The Minister of State for Health made this known when he appeared on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily Programme.
His words: “I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude; it’s like a superspreader event which we don’t like. But I’m also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.
“My understanding is that the whole process may be suspended so as to reorder the whole process in terms of management of the crowd because it was never intended that it would become a rowdy process like that.”
The Minister added, “We have a duty as government to ensure that people are protected; we also have a duty to ensure people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large.”