Hajiya Bilkisu Dalhat, the Kano state Office Coordinator, National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), says over 20,000 cards are yet to be collected by their owners in the state.
Dalhat disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.
“We are appealing to those who have already registered to come and collect their cards.
“We have sent text messages and even called some of those that their cards are ready, although, some we were not able to reach maybe because they have changed their lines.
“Therefore, we are calling on them to come and explain to us so that they can collect their cards”, the coordinator said.
She said that the commission in collaboration with the state government established over 60 registration centres across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to her, the need for the establishment of the centres arises due to the low turnout by the people in the state for enrolment.
“Since the commencement of the registration by NIMC in 2012, we registered not more than 7.5 per cent of the people in the state in spite of the fact that Kano state has the highest population in Nigeria.
“Therefore, we collaborate with the Kano State Government to establish the centres in order to give the citizens easy access to register”, she said.
She expressed dismay over the nonchalant attitude of the people toward the exercise.
“Some of our people when they come to register, they hardly exercise patience and join the queue for the registration, but rather go away when the queue is long.
“Therefore, I am appealing to them to kindly come and be enrolled to avoid any further challenges that they may face in the future because they did not registered.
“Just of recent, so many intending pilgrims rushed to us to be enrolled because the National Hajj Commission has made it mandatory for every intending pilgrim to present their number before travelling,” she said.
Dalhat further advised the people to ensure that they obtain the card irrespective of their ethnicity or religion, adding that even people with deformity were expected to register as there is provision for them. (NAN)