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BREAKING: 47.8 million NINs now linked to SIM Cards

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami reacts

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Close to forty-eight million National Identification Numbers (NINs) have been linked to SIM Cards as at January 18, 2021, TechEconomy.ng can authoritatively report.

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’.

“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”.

Dr. Isa Pantami (2)

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami

Reacting to the report, the Minister, Dr. Pantami 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 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.

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“For any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner”, the Minister warned according to a statement sgined by the Director Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde.

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