Official Data: 47.8m subscribers now NIN-SIM compliant
- As FG expresses optimism, appreciation
The ongoing harmonization of subscriber’s identification module (SIM) cards with National Identity Numbers of (NIN) of telephone users in Nigeria has recorded significant progress.
Latest official data reported by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NIN) indicates that so far, telecommunications companies have collected a total of 47.8 million NIN.
At the end of a review meeting on 18th January 2021, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force affirmed the development.
At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, the federal government has expressed optimism that several millions of SIM will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.
Reacting to the report, Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, expressed satisfaction with this commendable achievement.
He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before 9th February, 2021 deadline.
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 Federal Government which allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven 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 action committed with the SIM, good or bad, it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,” the Minister warned.