The federal government has extended the deadline for the registration of National Identification Number by telecommunication service subscribers.
A statement by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy on Monday says the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had given telecommunications companies a two-week ultimatum to block SIM cards not registered with NIN.
It notes that the National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration, chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami met with major stakeholders in the sector.
The stakeholders according to the statement, includes Chairman – NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble.
The statement further notes that three weeks was also added for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021 and six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February 2021.
It adds that 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.