NIMC website went down because we were not expecting the traffic – says Director General of NIMC.


Following the announcement that Nigerians should link the National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile number, Nigerians stormed National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) website and it crashed
According to reports, the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, has come out to tell Nigerians why the website went down.
NIMC website which Nigerians are expected to visit for online enrollment and others has been down since late hours of Monday 21st December 2020.
Speaking with Premium Times, NIMC D.G said they were not prepared to have huge traffic on its website.
He said;
“We have not planned for this kind of upsurge, this will also task how much the agency has. 

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“Among all the data agencies, we are the least in terms of budget, the least in terms of salary structure and we use experts to manage our system and the private sector comes to take them after a while and pay them better. 

“I can say it got to its elasticity level, so it needs to be expanded. You know when you are the limelight, fraudsters will want to exasperate your efforts.

“Right now, when you go to the gates of the centres you will see fraudsters that will offer help to people. All these are not under our control.”

Aziz, also added that the commission does not have enough capacity to handle the number of persons attempting to access the website to enrol within the period.

Aziz said; 

    “We are aware that our website is down, but it is not our making, but so many people coming (to the website).”

“We have never said we have the capacity to enrol people within a short period of time. This is because of the standard; a centre is just for 50,000 persons, so minimum we need 4,000 centres for 200 million people.”

According to LIB, the number people who have enrolled so far had increased to 43,901,010 from the previous 44 million which simply means approximately, almost one million people have enrolled for their NIN in the last one week.
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