Nigeria extends deadline for SIM Card update with NIN till Feb 9
By Oludare Mayowa
Nigeria on Monday said it has approved the extension of the deadlines for mobile telephone subscribers to update their database with their National Identification Number (NIN) to February 9, 2021, from December 30 2020.
In a statement by the ministerial task force and signed by the executive vice-chairman of the industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, the government said NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens to attend the registration in compliance with Cvovid-19 protocol.
“Base on the endorsement of the federal government of Nigeria, the following resolution were made;
“Three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30 2020 to January 19, 2021.
“Six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30 2020 to February 9, 2021,” the statement said.
The statement said the decision to extend the deadline was taken at a meeting held by the National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM registration with stakeholders in the telecoms industry on Monday.
The statement said USSD and verification charges remain suspended during extension.
Last Tuesday, the NCC directed telecoms firms to ask all their existing subscribers to update their SIM registration records with valid NIN by December 30, 2020, or get their SIM block from the networks.
The NCC said the move to update SIM Card with NIN was meant to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.
Subsequently, the NCC and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami came under fire from Nigerians who considered the directive as lacking in critical thinking.
Many Nigerian considered the directive as obnoxious and lack in good understanding of the working of the system, considering the short period within which subscribers are expected to comply with the directive that coincides with the festive period.