Nigerian Communication Commission said Nigerians without NINs will soon be denied access to some government services like granting of driver’s license and issuance of international passport.
The Commission charged telecoms consumers in the country to link their National Identity Numbers (NINs) with their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) before the expiration of the October 31, 2021 set by the Federal Government.
The commission gave this warming during the NCC Digital Signature (NDS) programme, live on a radio station in Lagos.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, while speaking during the live programme, urged Nigerians to take advantage of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to enroll with NIMC, get their NIN and link it to their SIMs.
“Soon, people without NIN will be denied of necessary services that play vital roles in their lives including acquisition of driver’s license, international passport,” he said.
Stating the benefits of the NIN-SIM integration, Adinde noted that the exercise will vigorously strength national security as NIN is the primary identity for Nigerians, adding that in line with Federal Government’s efforts to ensure that Nigeria deploys technology to improve service delivery, the NIN-SIM database will enhance citizens’ access to government services.
Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Efosa Idehen, also said that most Nigerians are still using SIMs without unique identification, as they were yet to link their NINs to their SIMs, adding that “those SIMs without unique identification could be used to commit crimes that remain untraceable.”
He urged telecoms consumers to take advantage of the October 31, 2021 deadline to enroll with NIMC, get their NIN and link it with their SIM so as to avoid denial of service in future.