NIN: NIMC Debunks Website Crash Speculations, Says its Undergoing Upgrade   

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NIN: NIMC Debunks Website Crash Speculations, Says its Undergoing Upgrade   
Nwolu Obiajulu

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has rubbished reports that its website, nimc.gov.ng, has crashed.

It said the site is undergoing an upgrade for best performance as many Nigerians seek to obtain their National Identity Numbers (NIN), adding that the site would be available on Tuesday (today).

Thousands of Nigerians had rushed to NIMC offices across the country on Monday to obtain their NIN following the directive by the Federal Government to telecommunication service providers to block SIM cards not linked to NIN within two weeks.

The crowd at various NIMC offices amounted to breach of COVID-19 protocol on mass gathering put in place by the government thereby forcing the NIMC to close its offices in several parts of the country on Monday.

Though the development led the government to extend the deadline to January 19, 2021 for subscribers with NIN and February 9 for those without NIN, but the majority of Nigerians who resorted to the NIMC website were left disappointed due to server downtime.

The NIMC spokesperson, Kayode Adegoke in an interview with Punch on Tuesday said, “Our site didn’t crash. We are upgrading the site, we are migrating it to a higher and better platform where information security will be topnotch.

“More users will be able to be on the site per time. It will also be able to accommodate more information. Information security is key. The site will be back today.”

The commission also said it would adopt a number-issuing style as it reopens its centres nationwide from Tuesday to ensure effective crowd control.

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