The Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers have called for the immediate suspension of the National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.

In a statement issued on Monday, the National President of the Association, Sina Bilesanmi condemned the mistreatment of its members across the country by the National Identity Management Commission and demanded that the Federal Government suspend the NIM registration, and apologize to subscribers.

Bilesanmi urged the commission to go back to the drawing board, call stakeholders meeting for solutions and re-order the enrolment process to avoid large crowds at its centres nationwide.

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He said, “I charge the Federal Government, the Minister for Communication, the Nigerian Communications Commission and NIMC, if they are true leaders, to come out and apologise to our members and thousands of subscribers willing to come out and do their national identity card.

“I don’t feel good looking at the picture where my members of ATCIS are gathered in multitude; it is like a super spreader event which we do not like. But I am also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.

The ATCIS president is of the opinion that the whole process must be suspended so as to reorder the whole process in terms of management of the crowd.