By Favour Nnabugwu
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has again reminded Nigerians, especially telecom consumers that the deadline for the linking of National Identity Numbers (NINs) with their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) remained October 31, 2021.
This reminded was given during the NCC Digital Signature (NDS) radio programme, which hosted the 2nd episode of Telecoms Consumer Town Hall on Radio (TCTHR) live on a radio station in Lagos at the weekend to discuss benefits of NIN-SIM integration
Speaking n behalf of the Commission during the live programme, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, advised Nigerians to make use of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31, 2021, to enrol with NIMC, get their NIN and link it to their SIMs.
“Soon, people without NIN will be denied of necessary services that play vital roles in their lives, including acquisition of driver’s license, international passport,” he warned.
He listed benefits of the NIN-SIM integration to include significant enhancement of 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.
TCTHR is a consumer outreach programme of the NCC previously held in semi-urban areas but now modified to be radio-based, in order to reach every telecom consumer and as part of the Commission’s response to the efforts of the Federal Government to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The first episode of the programme, aimed at empowering consumers through information sharing, education and protection initiatives, held in Kano in August, 2021 on NCC Digital Signature