Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), a body for all providers of telecommunications and subsidiary services in Nigeria, has reacted to the deadline to link National Identification Number (NIN) with the SIM Registration database extended to 9th February, 2021.
The federal government had said that close to forty-eight million NIN holders have been linked to SIM Cards as at January 18, 2021.
This was revealed at the end of a review meeting of the Ministerial Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami on Monday, 18th January 2021.
The Technical Implementation Committee Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), reported ‘significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise’.
To this end, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, 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.
Nodding in appreciation to the FG’s gesture, ALTON in a statement signed by the Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and the Publicity Secretary, Damian Udeh, thanked the President – Muhammadu Buhari – for granting approval for the extension.
The statement reads thus:
“The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) confirmed to our members that we have received formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from 19th January to 9th February 2021.
“We want to thank the President for giving us more time to deliver on this all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country. We are also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling digital economy.
“To ensure that we utilize the extension period judiciously, we urge all telecom subscribers who have a NIN to link it to their SIM Cards through available channels as soon as possible”.
The Association further advised those yet to enrol to visit NIMC Website for a list of enrolment centres close to them.