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Aged, others get concession at NIMC registration in Abia

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Senior citizens, the invalid, pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as the physically-challenged, are exempted from some protocols at National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offices in Abia State.

NIMC Coordinator, Mr. Loveday Ogbonna, stated this yesterday, adding that officials and applicants without face masks were denied entry to the offices.

Registration for the National Identification Number (NIN) resumed in 10 of the 17 councils of the state after a brief industrial action by NIMC officials.

Prospective enrollees in the seven councils where the exercise is not holding have been moving to other areas to get registered.

Generally, there is inadequate registration logistics, as citizens press to be attended to.

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When The Guardian visited the Umuahia head office yesterday, about 100 applicants were struggling at the gate for entry against the orderly arrangement made by the management that they be called in batches on first-come-first-served basis.

Contrary to complaints of extortion, those interviewed by The Guardian said they did not pay to be registered. They however said that some people were being given preferential attention.

“Where we don’t attend to all on that same day, we begin the next day with the ones not attended to the previous day,” Ogbonna added.

He decried the unruly behaviour of some applicants sometimes, stressing that the exercise would have been faster if their systems were updated.

Noting that they register 70 persons daily on the average, Ogbonna commended NIMC for engaging some external organisations for data capturing of the registerees, which eliminated eliminate crowding.

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