- Nigerians have begun to maintain compliance with the federal government's directive on NIN
- A huge crowd was sighted at the NIMC centre in Alausa, Ikeja trying to enrol for the NIN ahead of the deadline
- NCC had mandated the telecoms operators to block SIM cards not linked with the National Identification Number by 2021
Following the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC)'s order mandating the telecommunication operators to block SIM cards not linked to the National Identification Number (NIN), Nigerians have been visiting the enrolment centres in total compliance with the directive.
This is as a huge crowd was sighted at one of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) centres located at Alausa, Ikeja Lagos state.
According to a photo-tweet by a social media user, Aremu Pokipoki (@prinzgbemi) which has now generated over 5,000 engagement, hundreds of people were seen engaging the NIMC officials to enrol for the NIN.
This publication recalls that the NCC, through its director of public affairs Ikechukwu Adinde, on Tuesday, December 15, announced that Nigerians must update and link their data with telecoms companies with NIN.
Adinde, in a statement in Abuja, said the new rule applies to new SIM cards, stressing that sim not linked with NIN will be disconnected in two weeks time.
FG announces centres for enrolment across the country
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced approved 173 centres and 30 state government institutions to conduct enrolment.
The approved 173 centres and 30 state government institutions to conduct enrolment were thereafter announced on the National Identity Management Commission website.
The centres were grouped into three categories namely: Private limited liability company, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations and start-up companies and small, medium enterprises.
All registered persons can retrieve their NIN by dialling *346# on their registered phone number for all the major networks.
Criticism trails NCC's directives to block SIM cards
Backlashes have begun to trail the new rule by the NCC mandating telecommunication operators to block SIM cards that are not linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN) by January 2021.
This is as Nigerians on social media condemned the development and described it as a misstep just to frustrate the angry population.
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