A centre of telecommunications company, MTN, located at 66, Bode Thomas Street, charges people between N4,000 and N5,000 to register for the National Identification Number, NIN.
AN24.net findings show that besides the charge, those who register are being made to pay N500 for the printing of the NIN slip and another N500 for it to be laminated. It is only those who pay the charges that are being attended to, quickly, while others wait for long on a queue.
An elderly woman who appeared frustrated for her inability to get registered because she could not pay said, “I have been here since 6:00 am. They have failed to attend to me. I thought coming here early would enhance fast registration but the reverse is the case. I’m an elderly woman who should still be in bed when I left my house this morning. I came here after several failed attempts at the NIMC office thinking here would be faster,” the woman said.
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Another person said, “Coming here is of no use. All they know how to do is to ask for money every time. This is my second time coming here. Where do I get N5,000 to pay for registration? The last time my daughter left the house very early in order to be attended to fast, she was robbed of her valuables on her way to the centre.”
Speaking with AN24.net, a man who said he and his friend had to pay the charges, said: “My friend and I had to pay N5000 to gain access to the registration centre. I needed the NIN for important online registration and as such, I couldn’t help but pay the money. I felt helpless at first but that’s the sad state of our country.
“It was, however, surprising that we were asked to pay an additional N500 to laminate (not-mandatory) the slip when I got here today. I didn’t pay for lamination because that is pure wickedness and extortion after parting away with N4,500 for registration and printing of the slip”
“We weren’t the only ones who paid the money. I thought they were charging only those who looked educated and rich, but they did so for others too.
AN24.net contacted MTN’s Senior Manager, External Relations, Funsho Aina, who said the matter would be investigated.