The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has announced that only 30 million Nigerians have registered for the National Identity card.
He said this at a special Town Hall meeting on security in Katsina State on Tuesday.
“Because people are reluctant to go and register for national ID cards, the result is what we are seeing now on insecurity, hence the need for Nigerians to intensify efforts toward reversing the trend,” he said.
According to him, the Federal Government has established a Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to rehabilitate victims of insecurity challenges and bring support to them.
“That has been the first time in the history of the country when such a ministry is being established,” he stated.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, who was present along with other ministers at the meeting, added that the Ministry of Communication has blocked about nine million unregistered sim cards within the past two months in order to address insecurity issues.
Mohammed further explained that the town meeting was arranged to enlighten people on the recorded successes by the federal and state governments in the fight against insecurity in the Northwest sub-region.