NIN registration: Nigerians panic over deadline for SIM deactivation

NIN registration: Nigerians panic over deadline for SIM deactivation

- Reactions have continued to trail the ultimatum by the FG mandating Nigerians to link their SIM cards to NIN or risk disconnection

- An emerging report suggested that the registration process is tedious

- Some citizens are displeased over the challenges they are experiencing in the registration

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Many Nigerians who are yet to sync their SIM cards with their National Identity Numbers (NIN) are anxious as the deadline for the registration draws near.

Some citizens have been making frantic efforts to get their data captured by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) but without success.

NIN registration: Nigerians panic over deadline for SIM deactivation
FG has insisted that it will enforce the deadline on NIN registration. Photo: The Punch, Channels TV
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A 27-year-old lady named Stella Efe told The Nation that she has been finding it difficult to get her NIN due to the crowd at the registration centres.

She said:

“I live in Mowe, Ogun State and got here at 5 a.m. I was shocked by the sea of human heads I saw. I felt like running back to Shoprite bus stop. I decided to brave the odds and got number 153 because what happened to me in 2015 was a nightmare."

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Another Nigerian, Alhaji Aziz Ibirogba, a 75-year old man told the publication that it has been challenging for him to make corrections to his NIN data.

He said for three days, he visited a NIMC registration centre as early as 5am but has not been able to get his data corrected by the officials.

Ibirogba said:

“I came from Ajah, left the house very early. The issue is they wrote 1953 as my date of birth instead of 1935. I have made attempts to correct it and they referred me to Ikeja." also visited some of the NIMC enrollment centres in Lagos and found out that the venues were crowded with people who were not observing physical distancing guidelines.

Meanwhile, the federal government has justified the ultimatum it issued to Nigerians mandating them to link their SIM cards to the NIN or risk disconnection.

Isa Pantami, the minister of communication and digital economy stated that the government gave everyone about 12 months to complete the exercise.

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The minister told Channels TV that many Nigerians refused to comply with the government’s directive when it was issued in February 2020.

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