The fate of over 11 million subscribers yet to link their National Identity Number (NIN) with their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) remains uncertain as the deadline is today (December 31).
Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced in October that over 180 million telephone lines have been linked with NIN.
Records also have it that out of 229,582,206 connected lines, only 191,618,839 lines were active.
The President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Ikechwukwu Nnamani, told LEADERSHIP yesterday that the government has done well in capturing 70 million people in the NIMC database.
He said, “First it is important to commend the effort of the team at NIMC for the progress so far. It is worth noting that a significant number of the reported 70m Nigerians captured by NIMC was done over the last two years despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“With respect to if the deadline will be extended or not, the relevant Government units will review the current status and make that determination. If they feel sufficient progress has been made then it may not be extended otherwise they will extend and give more opportunities to Nigerians to still register.”
The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the NIN-SIM linkage exercise for about eight times now since December 2020.
There was an extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021 and Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021.
The government later extended the deadline to April 6, 2021. It then approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 30th of June, 2021 and subsequently shifted the deadline to July 26.
The Federal Government later extended the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to 31st of October, 2021 before it approved the deadline that will end on December 31, 2021.
The government will decide whether or not to extend the deadline again in the first week of January 2022 and Nigerians await the decision with much anxiety.