- Some residents of Abuja have expressed displeasure over the way NIN registration is being handled
- The residents lamented that the officials of NIMC who were supposed to register them for the exercise did not come on Wednesday, January 20
- The deadline for the linking of SIMs to NIN remains February 2021
Hundreds of residents of Kubwa area of Abuja, the nation's capital were frustrated on Wednesday, January 20, at the registration centre for the National Identification Number (NIN) after officials failed to show up for the exercise.
Channels TV reports that the residents had turned up at the centre in a scramble to get the number and beat the deadline set by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for SIM cards to be linked with NIN.
Legit.ng gathered that the situation at the centre later turned chaotic when officials of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) failed to show up to attend to the residents as the crowd surged without direction or guidance.
The report said that many of those at the centre expressed anger and disappointment about the way the process was being handled and demanded a review.
The NCC said recently that over 47 million Nigerians have registered for the NIN.
The director of public affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, who disclosed this via a statement, said the figures represented the statistics collected by telecommunication mobile operators.
He noted that many more Nigerians would be linked up before the deadline for the exercise in February.
“So far a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. At an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.″
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that telephone subscribers were advised to protect their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) and their NIN jealously.
It was reported 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.
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.
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