House of Rep Directs NCC to Extend NIN Registration till 2021
Following the directive of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to all telecommunication service providers to request for the National Identification Numbers (NIN) from all subscribers to be linked to their SIM cards within two weeks, the Federal House of Representative has told the NCC to extend the deadline till February 28, 2020.
This was followed by the earlier directive issued by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami on the suspension of new SIM card registration by network operators and a fresh directive that makes it compulsory for all SIM cards to be linked to NIN.
The minister, who gave the fresh directive on Monday in Abuja when he convened an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the communications industry, gave telecoms operators two weeks to link subscribers’ registered SIM cards on their networks to their NIN, which is currently being issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The new directive further stated that the submission of NIN by subscribers must take place within two weeks from December 16, 2020, and end by December 30, 2020.
It also stated that after the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.
When deliberating on a motion raised by the minority leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, the members said two weeks was insufficient for Nigerians to comply with the directive.
Elumelu said: “It will be almost impossible for Nigerians, over 200million of them, and the majority for having no NIN, to register for NIN with the National Identity Management Commission, and again submit the NIN to network operators, all within two weeks.
“While we are not against the registration requirement, we are saying that NCC should extend the two weeks deadline.” After the debate, the legislators told the commission that the deadline should now be extended to 10 weeks to terminate on February 28, 2021’’