President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to link their SIMs to their National Identification Number (NIN), saying it will help the country solve its insecurity problems.
He stated this while speaking during the launch of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in Nigerian Telecoms Sector and Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Cards registration at the State House in Abuja.
Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement, said the President said proper identification of all Nigerians and legal residents in the country and ability to conveniently access a data base will provide impetus for more effective planning and security oversight.
“The NIN will cover one of the weaknesses in our security structure. We will be able to easily identify and know the personality of Nigerians. We will identify people easily, including the crooks,’’ he said.
Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, noted that the NIN Registration had recorded a huge success with 54 million Nigerians already captured in the process, adding, “within six months over 12 million enrolled.’’