Abia House of Assembly member call for establishment of more NIMC centres

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Member of the Abia State House of Assembly has called on the leadership of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to consider establishing more National Identification Number Enrollment Centres across the 24 State constituencies in the state.

According to the lawmaker, creation of more enrolment centers, apart from easing the stress Abians have been subjected to in the past weeks since the commencement of the exercise, the establishment of more centers would also avert the transmission of COVID-19 disease among the Abia populace because of the crowded nature of the existing few center(s) in the state.

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Hon Emmanuel Ndubuisi; member representing Bende South State Constituency in a motion; H.A.M 12 stated that establishment of more centers have become necessary since Nigeria is still battling with the second wave of a severe COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the severity of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the need for people to observe all the COVID-19 protocols in order to reduce the risk of community transmission of the disease. Hence, the need to decongest registration centres.

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The lawmaker who lamented that the National Identity Management Commission saddled with the responsibilities of owning, operating, maintaining and managing the National Identity Database in Nigeria has few enrollment center in the state said clustering of people at the available centers increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19 disease from person to persons

He also feared that a lot of the rural dwellers would be denied the opportunity of the enrollment process as the location of NIMC centers in various local government areas of the state were far away from most of their constituents.

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He therefore urged the House to resolve to persuade the National Identity Management Commission {NIMC} to establish National Identification Number Enrollment Centres across the 24 State Constituencies of the State.


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The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji who also spoke on the matter, joined the callfor the decentralization of the enrollment centres so as to avert the spread of COVID-19 disease that could be caused as a result of congestion at such existing centres in the state.

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