No fewer than six persons fainted at the Lagos office of the National Identification Management Commission last week, in a bid to get themselves enrolled for the National Identification card.
At the card activation office, Awolowo Way, Alausa Ikeja, opposite City Mall (Shoprite), three adults and three secondary school students were rushed out by other concerned Nigerians when those people lost consciousness in the struggle process.
Eye witnesses told People & Politics that a secondary school student who said she wanted the National Identification Number so as to obtain a jamb form, since it was one of the requirements, fainted after queuing for several hours to no avail.
“If not for God and the prompt response of those on the queue, the story could have been a different thing. The system is just too faulty, to the extent that Nigerians will now be losing their lives to obtain a National ID that should be issued without inflicting pain on anyone.”
In a chat with People & Politics, a secondary school student revealed that she and other school mates got to NIMC office as early as 4am on school uniform, but still were not attended to, despite their persistence to get audience.
Asked what time they left the NIMC office, “In the evening, around 4:30pm, that was after some people have fainted.
“We need it to register for exams, if not, we wouldn’t have subjected ourselves to such torture”, she lamented.
A civil servant who also narrated her ordeal said she’s done for with the National ID card, “All attempt to enroll has been futile. I work here at the secretariat and have been coming to this office for the past two months. I don’t seem to understand what the problem is, this is not working at all, I think the government should find a better way of enrolling people.”
Further investigation revealed that most tertiary institution students from outside Lagos are still in Lagos in a bid to enroll for the National ID card. “I ought to have gone back to school since 4th or 5th, but the motive for staying back is still defeated.”