Backlashes have begun to trail the new rule by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) mandating telecommunication operators to block SIM cards that are not linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN) by January 2021.
Legit.ng recalls that Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC director of public affairs, on Tuesday, December 15, in a statement in Abuja announced that Nigerians must update and link their data with telecoms companies with NIN.
Adinde said the new rule applies to new SIM cards, stressing that sim not linked with NIN will be disconnected in two weeks time.
“The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks, commencing Dec.16 and ending by Dec. 30. After the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks."
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As criticism continues to trail the NCC mandate, Legit.ng gathered some significant comments from Nigerians on social media.
A social media user, Kelechi wrote:
"The Nigerian government have a very stinking tactic. You see this Sims and National ID sh'it during COVID-19 is to shift everyone's attention from the insecurity in the North + loan they borrowed to embezzle."
@Allezamani wants to know what happened to BVN.
Another social media user with name 'ImportedAlhaji' said:
"This administration wants all sim cards not registered with NIMC to be blocked in the next two weeks, is this a joke? You guys have forgotten what happened when you first told Secondary school students that they will not register for Jamb without a national ID card."
Another user, Adewale said:
Another tweep commented:
"With this present Nigeria, it's obvious every sector under this government can't deliver. I could remember when I took my parent to do the National ID at Alausa, Lagos. After the card came out, could you believe NIMC swapped my parents head for each other and said no solution?"
@Victorisrael_ added is wondering if the BVN, driver's license and other are not enough for the government.
@AjalaYemi lashed out at the government for wanting people to go queue in a pandemic.
A Twitter user, Gbemi said:
"I genuinely look forward to the day that every Nigerian can get the simple things like a passport, a drivers license, National ID card etc without knowing someone on the inside or greasing any palms. No stress /waiting for months."
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Meanwhile, the federal government has announced that it would finally commence the implementation of the special job initiative which is designed to employ 774,000 Nigerians on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, made this known on Sunday, December 13.
The 774,000 Special Public Works (SPW) programme is designed for artisans to do public works for three months and get paid N20,000 per month.
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