AN advocacy group operating under the aegis of National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) yesterday called for an extension of federal government’s new one-month deadline for National Identification Number (NIN) registration by Nigerians.
President of NATCOMS, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, made the call in a press conference in Abuja.
According to Ogunbanjo, just another one-month extension of the exercise would not be sufficient to capture over 200 million subscribers in the country.
“Only 51 million linkages have been done so far, and that is on the average consumer having three SIM cards per person, meaning that about 17 million to 18 million Nigerians have actually done their NIN links. We have about 120 million subscribers with about 220 million linkages to be done. We have only done 51 million at the centres, and they are very slow due to poor connectivity from network operators. So we are saying extend it to December 31 to enable everybody to register and all documents such as drivers’ licence and bank accounts will now be linked appropriately,” Ogunbanjo said.
He, however, advised all subscribers to link up their SIMs and other documents to avoid being sanctioned.
It will be recalled that Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) had earlier announced April 6 as deadline for Nigerians to link their NINs to their SIM cards before the exercise was extended to May 6. But NCC had in December 2020, directed telecommunication subscribers to obtain their NIN and link them with Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards.