- The House of Representatives has debated about the new directive about SIM re-registration
- The lawmakers explained why the deadline for the exercise is not realistic
- The legislators want the SIM re-registration to be done under the human condition
The House of Representatives has asked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to refrain from blocking SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers (NIN) until after 10 weeks.
The lawmakers made the request on Wednesday, December 16, following the directive by the NCC that SIM not linked with NIN will be blocked after two weeks.
But when deliberating on a motion raised by the minority leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, the members said two weeks was insufficient for Nigerians to comply with the directive.
"It will be almost impossible for Nigerians, over 200million of them, and the majority for having no NIN, to register for NIN with the National Identity Management Commission, and again submit the NIN to network operators, all within two weeks.
"While we are not against the registration requirement, we are saying that NCC should extend the two weeks deadline."
After the debate, the legislators told the commission that the deadline should now be extended to 10 weeks to terminate on February 28, 2021.
Meanwhile, the federal government through the ministry of communication and digital economy, Alhaji Isa Pantami, announced the licensing of 173 centres and 30 state institutions for the enrolment of the National Identity Number (NIN).
The centres will be responsible for the enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) for the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Premium Times reported.
In another news, the Senate on Wednesday, December 16, postponed the passage of the 2021 national budget approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
During the plenary of the red chamber, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, informed senators that the delay is due to the development of new items of expenditure sent to the legislature by the executive arm of the federal government.
According to Lawan, the Senate's committee on finance will ensure it captures the new fresh in its 2021 appropriation bill report.
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