The federal government has directed telecommunications companies to partake in the National Identity Number, NIN registration exercise.
The directive is coming barely two weeks to the deadline directive for the network subscribers to link their SIM cards to their NIN.
Everyevery.ng gathered that the Nigerian government licensed the telecommunications companies to reduce the large crowds at the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC centres.
The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, disclosed that network operators had also been empowered to give the identity numbers.
The DG said some other private and public organisations were also licensed by the commission to provide NINs.
However, the Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami, had constituted a committee to address NIMC employees’ demands.
Isa Pantami on Tuesday held an official meeting with the labour union representing the NIMC under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch.
During the meeting, the union members apologised to the Minister and all Nigerians for embarking on the industrial action that stalled the NIN registration process earlier in the month.
You will recall that the NIMC workers had on January 7, embarked on industrial action to protest against what they described as poor welfare.
Earlier, the federal government had commended network subscribers’ commitment to the NIN registration.