‘101 million subscribers risk disconnection as SIM-NIN deadline draws near’

Over 101 million telecommunication subscribers risk disconnection if the December 31 deadline for the National Identity Number, (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification is not extended.

According to a source in the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, (ALTON), told newsmen, on Friday, that only about 90 million subscribers had linked their SIMs to their NINs.

According to the source, the association and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, are currently discussing the likelihood of an extension.

“We are speaking with the minister and the NCC; we have not done much. We have only been able to link about 90 million SIMs with their NINs. An extension is likely; because if not, many subscribers would be disenfranchised”, the source stated.

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), there were 229,582,206 connected lines in Nigeria in October, and only 191,618,839 lines were active.

The ALTON’s President, Ikechukwu Nnamani, said the Government would review its activities before deciding on whether to extend the deadline.

Also, according to the President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, an extension is necessary until 80 percent of subscribers have been captured under the SIM-NIN exercise.

Recall that while announcing an extension to the SIM-NIN deadline in October, the NCC and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission, (NIMC), in a statement, said that 66 million unique NINs had been captured.

Pantami had on December 10, 2021, said over 70 million unique NINs had been captured.

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