People queuing up during the National Identity Number registration exercise
By Jude Okwe
The ongoing National Identity Number registration in Cross River State is witnessing a huge turnout as citizens of the state daily troop to registration centres for registration, coordinator of the programme in the state, Mr. Sunday Ogbonna revealed in Calabar.
He explained that the rush to be registered may be due to the massive sensitisation which was carried on prior to the commencement of the exercise and the increased demand for proper identifications before certain transactions are consummated these days.
“As you can see, people have been trooping in to register, particularly here in Calabar. Corporate organizations like banks are requesting for special attention because of their work schedule and we are trying to give some considerations to that,” he said.
According to him, the commission had procured equipment capable of taking care of every Cross Riverian where ever they may reside.
“This exercise is for life, it is not like before when it had terminal date, this time there is no terminal date; so people should feel relaxed and come at their own time,” he said.
Mrs Christiana Omege, a business woman in her reaction to the exercise said she was denied opening of new account by a Commercial Bank for not possessing the new NIN number or the old National Identity Card.
“They asked me of new number or national ID card and when I told them that I do not have any, they said they cannot open account for me. That is why my friend said that we should come for the card”, she said.
A public servant, Mr. Innocent Abang said that he was eager to get the card to avoid any eventuality.