The of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim (Pantami), has directed the immediate suspension of staff members fingered in extortion of applicants at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Bauchi and Kaduna State offices.
This directive came on the heels of public outcry that some personnel of NIMC, particularly at some enrolment centers in Bauchi and Kaduna were capitalizing on the rush for NIN by the public to perpetuate fraudulent activities inimical to policy directive of the Federal Government which requires mobile network subscribers to update their SIM registration with a valid National Identification Number (NIN).
A statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications at NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, reiterates the Minister’s zero tolerance stance on extortion, bribery and corruption and further noted that such unethical practices if allowed to fester and not nip in the bud by taking stiffer actions against the culprits, has the potency of derailing the SIM-NIN Integration project.
“Enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) is free of charge, and on no occasion should anyone pay to obtain an enrolment form or to have their biometrics captured. All personnel involved in the enrolment and NIN issuance exercise must carry out their respective duties professionally, fairly and with integrity”, he said.
In light of the above, NIMC called on the general public to assist by putting commitments into action by sending proof of any nefarious activity within and around enrolment centers to the office via e-mail [email protected].