Following the incessant cries of Nigerians over the orders given by the National Communications Commission(NCC) to telecommunication operators to block all Sims not registered with National Identification Numbers, the federal government of Nigeria has finally reacted by extending the deadline date by six weeks.
Reports gathered from online source, Punch says that the federal government on Monday, December 21, extended the deadline of registration of sim cards with NIN by six weeks.
This information was contained in a statement issued by the federal ministry of communications and digital economy.
The statement read;
“The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, 2020.
“The meeting was chaired by the Honourable minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ali Patami with major stakeholders in the sector including chairman- NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DC-NIMC, ECTS-Exam-DCC, Chairman Alton, CEO’s of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9mobile in attendance.
“Based on the endorsement of the federal government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made: Three(3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021; and Six(6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December to 9th February, 2021.”
The statement was signed jointly by the Executive vice-chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta and Director general, National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), Aliyu Aziz.
In the statement, NIMC stated that the body has set up strategies that will ensure that Covid-19 protocols are followed by individuals during NIN registration process. Wearing of face masks and social distancing will remain compulsory during registrations.