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Federal Government has  Announced Final Deadline For NIN-SIM Linkage.

The () has urged telecoms consumers to link their National Identity Numbers (NINs) and Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) before the Federal Government’s October 31, 2021 deadline.

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The Commission issued the warning during the NCC Digital Signature (NDS) radio programme, which broadcast the second episode of Telecoms Consumer Town Hall on Radio (TCTHR) live on a Lagos-based radio station to discuss the benefits of NIN-SIM integration.

Representatives from the NCC, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and telecom operators were in the studio during the TCTHR programme. The live, call-in programme allowed listeners to voice their concerns and obtain clarifications about the NIN-SIM integration exercise.

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Additionally, the Nigerian Communications Commission contributes N294.312 billion to the consolidated fund.
Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, advised Nigerians to take advantage of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31 to enrol with NIMC, obtain their NIN, and link it to their SIMs during the live broadcast.

“Shortly, individuals without a NIN will be unable to obtain critical services, such as obtaining a driver’s licence or an international passport,” he said.

On the benefits of the NIN-SIM integration, Adinde stated that the exercise will significantly improve national security because the NIN is Nigerians’ primary identity. He added that in keeping with the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria deploys technology to improve service delivery, the NIN-SIM database will improve citizens’ access to government services.

Efosa Idehen, Director of the National Consumer Commission’s Consumer Affairs Bureau, noted that the majority of Nigerians continue to use SIM cards without unique identification because they have not yet linked their NINs to their SIM cards, warning that “those SIM cards without unique identification could be used to commit crimes that are untraceable.”

While stating that security should be a shared responsibility shared by all citizens, not just the government, Idehen urged telecoms consumers to take advantage of the October 31, 2021 deadline to enrol with NIMC, obtain their NIN, and link it to their SIM to avoid future denials of essential services.

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