#Politics101: NIMC App Crashes, 1 in 3 Youths Are Unemployed, And More

August 17, 2020

Every Monday morning, Zikoko’s new Citizen seri “Politics 101” will curate the bigs stories that made the rounds over the weekend, including the most significant news stories we’re tracking in the new week


1. NIMC App Crashes

What happens when the National Identity Management Commission mismanages your identity? That means I can’t afford to leave you!

By Saturday the much vaunted NIMC App was available for download on digital appstores – keeping in line with the Minister of Interior’s declaration of the drive to digitise the country’s identity management. But, forget drive, what did Nigerians get from downloading the app? Tears, gnashing of teeth and goosebumps.

The app crashed a few hours after testing, and people could no longer access it on the appstore. What’s more? The people who eventually got the app have mostly sad tales to tell. For instance, if you inputed your NIN (National Identity Number) details, the app would come up with the details of another person. Ah, Naija…

Relax, though. The NIMC has not responded, but it seems the bugs are being fixed. Overall, it is the intention that counts, no?

Pro-tip: You can do well to print your digital card if you can generate it, for many reasons including SARS wey no dey hear digital identity. Digital kini?

2. FULL UNEMPLOYMENT RISES

On Friday, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics released Nigeria’s unemployment figures for the 2nd quarter of 2020, and the figures were…oomf.

Nigeria’s unemployment rate rose from 23.1% in the 3rd quarter of 2018 to 27.1% in the 2nd quarter of 2020. What’s more? Combined youth unemployment has gone from 55% in Q3 2018 to 63% in Q2 2020 – which means 3 out of every 5 Nigerian youths are either unemployed (working less than 19 hours every week), or underemployed (working between 20-39 hours per week).

Women unemployment has also peaked at 63%, more than men’s at 49%. Meaning, again, only 2 out if every 5 Nigerian women are fully employed.

You can digest the rest of the report here (PDF). Please drink water when reading to aid the digestion. This obviously needs to be fixed.

Doyin Olagunju

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