Telecom’s subscribers lament as extortion, fresh delays, mar NIN issuance
Consumers of telecoms services under the aegis of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers have said the nation has a long way to go regarding the issuance of the National Identity Numbers, expressing worries over how applicants are being extorted at the various official registration points amid poor service delivery. According to the President of the association, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, it costs as much as N10,000 to get a NIN within a short period, and N5,000 within one week. He alleged that officials of the National Identity Management Commission at Alausa now connive with “agents” to extort NIN applicants. He said, “I visited some of the NIN centers, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go. At the independent centers, you have to pay before they attend to you. But when you go to the NIMC office at Alausa, they have agents. “If you want your NIN the day you register for it, you will have to part with N10,000. If you must collect it the following day or within a week, you will part with N5,000. The minister can send someone in mufti to confirm this.