The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has received 47.8 million national identification numbers (NINs) from telecommunications operators to enable subscribers link their NIN with their SIM cards.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs, on Tuesday.
The statement read: “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.”
According to the statement, Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, expressed satisfaction with this achievement. He also expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation towards stakeholders and citizens for their commitments.
The minister urged those who are yet to link their NIN to their SIM cards to endeavour to do so before 9 February.
He also urged the technical implementation committee under the ministerial (federal ministry of communication and digital economy) task force to fast-track the NIN-SIM linkage process so that the project is delivered “soonest”.
Pantami further said Nigerians should secure and protect their NINs and warned 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 statement quoted the minister as saying.