…As mobile operators record 47.8m NINs
Following the January 19 deadline given by the federal government for the submission of subscribers’ National Identification Number (NIN) to mobile network operators for synchronisation with SIM cards, the operators recorded a total of 47.8 million.
This was disclosed by the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force.
Expressing satisfaction with the level of compliance on NIN submission, the federal government is optimistic that millions on Nigerians will have their NINs linked with their SIM cards before the February 9, 2021 deadline given to subscribers that are yet to register for NIN, to get registered and submit their NINs.The federal government had given January 19, 2021 as deadline for those who already have NIN to submit their NIN, and February 9, 2021 as deadline for those who were yet to register and obtain their NIN. With the level of compliance so far, NCC is of the view that NIN submission will continue after the initial deadline of January 19, 2021, because the number of those that have submitted their NINs is already on the high side, leaving only a negligible number of subscribers who have NIN, but are yet to submit. According to a statement released by NCC yesterday and signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, was impressed with the level of compliance so far. According to the statement: “At the end of a review meeting on 18th January 2021, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force has reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise. So far a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. At an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.Reacting to the report, the Minister expressed satisfaction with this commendable achievement. He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before 9th February, 2021 deadline.” The statement further said the Minister urged the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project is delivered soonest.The Technical Committee drew attention to the App developed by FGN which allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven SIMs to their NIN.The minister reminded Nigerians to secure and protect their NINs, urging subscribers to desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration. “For any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner”, the minister warned.NIMC had last week, said the total number of NIN recorded on the NIMC’s data base was 45 million, but the number has increased within one week to 47.8 million, according to NCC’s statement.