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101 million subscribers risk disconnection as SIM-NIN deadline approaches

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As the December 31 deadline for the National Identity Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module data verification is not extended, over 101 million telecommunications subscribers are at risk of their lines getting disconnected.

According to reports, about 90 million subscribers had linked their SIMs to their NINs but the gap of subscribers who are yet to link their sims is large and, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami is in talks with the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria over a likely extension.

“We are speaking with the minister and the NCC, we have not done much. We have only been able to link about 90 million SIMs with their NINs. An extension is likely because if not, many subscribers would be disenfranchised.”

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, there were 229,582,206 connected lines in Nigeria in October, and only 191,618,839 lines were active.

The President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Ikechukwu Nnamani, said the government would review its activities before deciding on whether to extend the deadline.

He said, “I believe the last statistics from the minister is that over 70 million Nigerians have been captured at NIN, which is great progress from where it was two years ago.

“So, that is commendable. As always, the government will review what is outstanding and make a decision if the deadline should be extended or not.”

He said, “I believe the last statistics from the minister is that over 70 million Nigerians have been captured at NIN, which is great progress from where it was two years ago.

“So, that is commendable. As always, the government will review what is outstanding and make a decision if the deadline should be extended or not.”

“It is about seven days to the end of the deadline; I want to implore the ministry to engage ALTON and ATCON on how much progress they’ve made.

“If it covers a minimum of 80 per cent of subscribers, we are good to go. But if it is less, we are pleading for an extension. Depending on how far we have come, an extension might be needed. A minimum of 80 per cent of the total number of subscribers must be achieved first.”

While announcing an extension to the SIM-NIN deadline in October, the NCC and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission said in a statement that 66 million unique NINs had been captured.

Meanwhile, Pantami had on December 10, 2021, said over 70 million unique NINs had been captured.

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