- FG has told Nigerians not to sell their SIM cards linked to NIN
- Isa Pantanmi, the minister of communication and digital economy, said individuals would now be traced by their NIN
- Significant progress has been recorded in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise, according to the government
Telephone subscribers have been advised to protect their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) and their National Identity Numbers (NIN) jealously.
Punch reports that the plea was given on Tuesday, January 19, by the federal government, saying it would now use the NIN to trace people for either good or bad reasons.
Legit.ng gathered the government also announced a total of 47.8 million NINs had been collected by the mobile operators, adding that it hopes more NINs would be collected before the February 9 deadline.
Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, urged subscribers to desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration.
The minister gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja by the director public affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde.
“For any action committed with the SIM, good or bad, it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner."
The statement further stated that at the end of a review meeting on Monday, January 18, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise.
The NCC stated:
“So far a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021."
Reacting to the report of the committee, the minister on Tuesday, January 19, expressed satisfaction with the commendable achievement.
He also expressed the federal government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before the February 9 deadline.
Pantami urged the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project would be delivered soonest.
The report also noted that the technical committee also drew attention to the App developed by the federal government which allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven SIMs to their NINs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that amid the rumour that Subscribers Identification Modules cards were being blocked before the deadline set for the linkage with the NIN, mobile network operators in Nigeria including Airtel and MTN dismissed claims.
It was reported that the federal government had ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their NIN.
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