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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

47.8m NINs collected by telcos - ITREALMS

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Across the five major mobile telecom operators in the country, a total of 47.8m National Identity Numbers (NINs) have been collected, reports 
These operators include Airtel, MTN, nTel, 9mobile and Glo.

This was disclosed by the Director Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde to 
ITREALMS after the review meeting held on Monday.

According to him, at the end of a review meeting on 18th January 2021, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force has 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.

He also quoted the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami in a press statement available to 
ITREALMS as expressing satisfaction with this commendable achievement.

Pantami also extended 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. “For any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner”, he cautioned.

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