Nigerians in UK in limbo as enrolment for National Identification Number fails to take-off
London, March 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The enrolment for National Identification Number by Nigerians in United Kingdom, UK scheduled to begin today, Friday, 29th of March, 2019 has failed to take off accordingly
Unfortunately, there’s no date yet for the take-off of the project as the agency contracted by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Online Integrated Solutions offices is still locked in meetings with the Nigeria High Commission, UK on modalities for the programme
Consequently, Nigerians in UK have expressed disappointment at the shoddy arrangement and questioned why the government would announce a take-off date without adequate arrangement.
Many of them who called office line of Alternativeafrica.com to inquire about the programme expressed sadness that everything that involves Nigeria was always the same delayed process.
NIMC’s spokesperson, Mr Loveday Ogbonna, had on Monday released a statement that the diaspora enrolment exercise for Nigerians in UK would begin today, Friday, March 29, 2019. “The UK programme is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Online Integrated Solutions offices at OIS services, 56/57 Fleet Street London EC4Y IJU, UK; and St. Georges House, 6, St Georges Way, Leicester LE1 1SH, UK ” the statement read.
“The extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and in the Diaspora as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN),” the director general, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, was quoted as saying in the statement
The initial finding by Alternativeafrica.com on Wednesday from the
Fleet Street London office of Online Integrated Solutions, OIS, offices was very embarrassing as the officer on duty claimed the agency knew nothing about the programme and that they got wind of it through Nigerians who read about the programme from Alternativeafrica.com.
“As i tell you now, you know Nigeria now, we only got to know through Nigerians who read the story but our people have gone to the High Commission today for meeting. We don’t have any information, we don’t even know how much to charge. There’s no information on our website regarding the programme” the officer said
A follow-up check at the High Commission same day revealed that representatives of the agency, OIS were indeed in a meeting with the High Commission
The spokesperson for the High Commission, Mr Aluko confirmed to Alternativeafricca.com that representatives of OIS were locked in marathon meeting with the commission and that Nigerians in UK would soon get a clearer picture of when and how to go about the programme
As today, there is still no information about the programme on the website of the OIS regarding enrolment for National Identification Number. The only information on the website is that of the Bank Verification Number, BVN, which OIS also carried out.
In a phone conversation with the agency today, someone who refused to mention his name said representatives of OIS were still yet to agree at a suitable programme with the High commission promising that “the enrolment will begin at a day next week”
Asked to be specific, he declined to mention any specific day next week but maintained that the programme would likely take-off next week. “We can only ask Nigerians to check our website for updates. No one will be allowed to come to our office without prior booking on our website. That’s why it’s important that they check our website for updates” he said
Alternativeafrica.com equally called NIMC’s spokesperson, Mr Loveday Ogbonna who expressed regret and said he would get to the root cause of why the programme is yet to take-off in UK