About 47.8 million mobile telephone subscribers have submitted their National Identity Numbers (NIN) for linkage with their subscriber’s data ahead of the stipulated deadline.
The government has also warned telephone subscribers to protect their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) and their NIN as it would now use the NIN to track people’s activities for either good or bad reasons.
According to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Nigerians should secure and protect their NINs, desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration.
In a statement by the Director Public of Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde, the minister was quoted as saying; “For any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner.”
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The statement stated that at the end of a review meeting on January 18, 2021, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force 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 three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021,” the NCC stated.
On December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.
It later extended the December 30, 2020 deadline following widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and gave three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021.
It also gave six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021, but many organisations had called for further deadline extension or outright suspensi