The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) disclosed yesterday January 18 that over 47 million Nigerians have linked their National Identity Numbers (NINs) to their SIM cards.
The NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who revealed this in a statement, said the figures are statistics collected by telecommunication mobile operators.
Dr. Adinde also stated in the affirmative that many more Nigerians would be linked up before the deadline for the exercise in February.
“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,” the statement read in part.
“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.”
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However, the NCC spokesman while reacting to the report said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has expressed his satisfaction on the achievements so far.
“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 (7) SIMs to their NIN.
“The Minister concluded by reminding 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 act committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,'” the Minister warned.