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Nigeria: NIN-SIM Exercise Records Significant Progress

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As Government Appreciates Stakeholders For Their Commitment

By Angeline Mgbele, Correspondent Abuja

The Technical Implementation Committee of the National Identification Number and Subscriber Identification Module(NIN-SIM) synchronization rose from its crucial review meeting under the Ministerial Task Force on January 18, 2021, reporting significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise, a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs(DPA) of the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde has said.

According to Dr. Adinde, “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.”

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

Reacting to the report, Adinde explained that the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami expressed satisfaction with this commendable achievement. He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before

Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta

February 9, 2021 deadline, while urging the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project was delivered soonest.

The Technical Committee drew attention to the App developed by the Federal Government which allowed subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven (7) SIMs to their NIN.

Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz

Dr. Pantami concluded by reminding Nigerians to secure and protect their NINs, urging subscribers to desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration. “For any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner”, the Minister warned.

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