Mobile network operators (MNO) have collected 47.8 million national identification numbers in the ID scheme underway to link SIM and NIN records of Nigerian telecoms subscribers, the industry regulator says.
Dr. Isa Pantami, Communications, and Digital Economy Minister, who ordered the mandatory linking of SIM and NIN records of Nigerian telecoms subscribers has also warned telecoms subscribers against selling or allowing others to use their NIN for registration.
“For any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,”, Pantami warns.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says that Nigerian MNOs have collected a total of 47.8 million NINs representing an average of three to four SIMs per phone subscribers, according to Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director Public Affairs at Federal telecoms regulatory agency.
This record emanated from a meeting held yesterday by the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force, which regards the linked NIN+SIM data as representing “significant progress” in the ID scheme underway across Nigeria, and other locations abroad.
Meanwhile, the Technical Committee has reminded subscribers of the Mobile App developed by the Federal Government that allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven SIMs to their NIN.
But it is still a long way from home for MNOs and their subscribers as they race to meet the February 9 deadline stipulated by the Minister for compliance by all stakeholders.
Official records by NCC reveal that the Nigerian telecoms market had 207,907,709 active phone lines and active internet subscription base was 154,878,203 by November.
Meanwhile the Minister wants the Technical Team to fast-track the processes so that the project is delivered soonest while expressing “satisfaction with this commendable achievement.”
Pantami “expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before 9th February 2021 deadline”, according to the statement.