The Federal Government has extended the deadline issued to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules(SIMS) without National Identification Number(NIN).
The ministry of communications and digital economy made this known in a statement issued on Monday.
The Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) had earlier given telecoms operators a two-week ultimatum to block SIM cards not registered with NIN.
But in the statement, the federal government said subscribers with NIN have a three-week extension from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021 for linking up, while those without NIN now have till February 9, 2021.
“The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, 2020,” the statement read.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 to attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.”
Owning to the earlier deadline set for the NIN registration, crowds trooped to NIMA offices across the country for the NIN registration, thereby violating COVID-19 protocols.