The Nigerian Communications Commission has issued a warning to Nigerians who are still relunctant in getting their National Identity Number, NIN, stating they will soon be denied access to some government services like granting of driver’s licence and issuance of international passport.
Prior to this, the Commission advised Nigerians to make use of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31, 2021, to enroll with National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, get their NIN and link it to their Subscriber Identity Modules, SIMs.
The commission stated this during the NCC Digital Signature radio programme, which hosted the 2nd episode of Telecoms Consumer Town Hall on Radio live on a radio station in Lagos to discuss benefits of NIN-SIM integration.
Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said: “Soon people without NIN will be denied of necessary services that play vital roles in their lives including acquisition of driver’s license and international passport.”
On the benefits of the NIN-SIM integration, Adinde said the exercise will significantly enhance national security as NIN is the primary identity for Nigerians, stressing that in line with Federal Government’s commitment to ensure that Nigeria deploys technology to improve service delivery, the NIN-SIM database will enhance citizens’ access to government services.
Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Efosa Idehen noted that most Nigerians are still using SIMs without unique identification, as they were yet to link their NINs to their SIMs, pointing out that “those SIMs without unique identification could be used to commit crimes that remain untraceable.”
While explaining that security should be the responsibility of all citizens and not be left in the hands of government alone, Idehen urged telecoms consumers to take advantage of the October 31, 2021 deadline to enroll with NIMC, get their NIN and link same with their SIM to avoid denial of essential services in future.