Following the outcry which greeted Nigerian Government two weeks ultimatum to telecom firms to block SIM cards without owner’s National Identification Number (NIN) the government has extended the deadline.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) last week issued a two week ultimatum to telecommunications firms to block all Sim cards not linked to NIN.
The NCC directive resulted in gathering of large crowds at the offices of Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC)in clear violation of the COVID-19 protocols.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the deadline was extended.
The statement dubbed: “Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees’ read:
“The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December 2020.
“The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami with major stakeholders in the sector including Chairman – NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
“Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made:
“Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021; and Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February 2021.
“NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.”