Residents of Akure, the Ondo State capital who were at the office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to obtain their National Identity Number on Friday left disappointed as the entrance gate was under lock and key.
A security personnel on guard said “We are on strike until further notice.”
Some persons who waited for some minutes said it was shameful for NIMC staff to embark on indefinite strike action at a time when Nigerians needed their services.
It was however alleged that some Akure NIMC staff demanded between N2000 and N5000 to attend to applicants before the strike action.
Some claimed they bought registration forms for N50 and another N2000 to fast track the process.
An applicant who simply gave her name as Rachel said she has been visiting Akure NIMC office for the past one week without getting registered.
She said a man who claimed to be a staff asked her for N3000.
Reports from applicants in others parts of the state like Oka Akoko, Owo and Okitipupasaid they were asked to pay to make photocopies of the forms.