NATCOMS

NATCOMS seeks extension of NIN registration deadline to December 31

Adebayo Obajemu

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), has called for extension of National Identity Number registration to December 2021.

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had earlier announced April 6, as the deadline for Nigerians to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their SIM cards, but the exercise was extended to May 6.

NATCOMS however said the one-month extension for the National Identification Number (NIN) registration by the Federal Government is not enough to capture all Nigerians.

The President of National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), Mr Adeolu Ogunbanjo, said in view of the huge number of the people that do not have NIN, it would be difficult to achieve in one month.

He said: “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’ license and bank accounts will now be linked appropriately,” Ogunbanjo said.

Ogunbanjo, who noted that the one-month extension of the exercise would not be sufficient to capture the over 200 million subscribers in the country however, advised subscribers to link their SIMs with their NINs and to avoid being sanctioned.