- Ahead of the October 31 deadline, the National Identity Management Commission is having network hitches
- According to reports, the waiting period for the NIN generation is extended from few days to weeks, due to network fluctuation
- Interestingly, a source at the commission noted that customers who are yet to register for the NIN or link their lines would not be barred, due to system issues
The deadline for the enrolment, verification and linking of National Identification Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country approaches.
But calls for more time by subscribers and telecoms operator have intensified.
The Punch reports that the National Identity Management Commission is currently facing a network delay which has slowed down the generation of National Identity Numbers.
The newspaper disclosed that while newly registered customers may have to wait for as long as a week in order to generate their NIN.
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Customers without NINs or those who have failed to link their NIN to their telephone lines will not be barred from using their telephone lines from Sunday, October 31, 2021, NIMC official revealed.
A top source at NIMC said:
“You can still register for the NIN as a new customer but you cannot generate NIN as quickly as you could in the past. This is because of the rush for registration and the pressure on our system.”
Commission to take decision on deadline
Meanwhile, millions of subscribers may be at risk of disenfranchisement three days to the Sunday, October 31 deadline set by the NIMC.
According to a source in the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, only about 70 million SIMs have been verified to their respective NIN. The source noted the verification exercise was being slowed down by the NIMC.
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The source added that the decision to extend the deadline was in the hands of the minister of communications and digital economy.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that telecommunication subscribers are seeking a two-month extension of the Sunday, October 31 deadline for National Identity Number-Subscriber Identity Module data verification.
The President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, highlighted the need to further extend the deadline of the SIM-NIN exercise to allow for the full implementation of the security policy.
According to Ogunbanjo, registration centres for NIN are now jam-packed because the deadline is about to expire.