The Federal Authorities insisted on Sunday that the deadlines given for the registration of all Subscriber Identification Modules with legitimate Id Numbers had been nonetheless in impact.
He additionally said that the NIN was obligatory for diplomats residing in Nigeria, in addition to for all different authorized residents throughout the nation.
Requested whether or not the Federal Authorities ended up warning the Nigeria Communications Fee in regards to the deadlines for registering the SIM with the NIN, the NCC’s Director of Public Relations, Ikechukwu Adinde, instructed our correspondent that nothing had modified.
On Thursday, The PUNCH reported completely that the NCC was awaiting the Federal Authorities’s opinion on the stipulated deadlines.
“The deadlines are nonetheless in impact; there isn’t a replace but and as I mentioned final week, if there are any adjustments you’ll be notified ”, mentioned Adinde on Sunday.
Requests for extension of time are primarily because of the giant crowds that collect every day within the numerous workplaces of the Nationwide Id Administration Fee, since many phone subscribers nonetheless didn’t have their NINs.
On December 15, 2020, the Federal Authorities declared that, as of December 30, 2020, all SIMs that weren’t registered with legitimate NINs on the telecommunications corporations’ community could be blocked.
It subsequently prolonged the deadline of December 30, 2020 after broad opposition to the earlier announcement and granted a three-week extension to subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020 to January 19, 2021.
It additionally granted a six-week extension to subscribers with out a NIN from December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021, however many organizations have requested an extension of the deadline or full suspension of the NIN integration course of.
This occurred when the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Pantami, declared on Sunday that each one diplomats dwelling in Nigeria will need to have NINs.
The minister accredited the creation of a NIN registration heart within the Federal Ministry of International Affairs for diplomats. The desk could be arrange on January 19, 2021.
An announcement issued in Abuja by Pantami’s aide, Femi Adeluyi, mentioned the middle would supply assist to members of the diplomatic corps and be administered by the communications ministry by means of the NIMC.
The ministry mentioned the middle was being arrange on the request of International Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, with the intention of simplifying the method for diplomats.
He mentioned: “The NIN is obligatory for diplomats who will reside in Nigeria for a steady interval of two years or extra.
“Additionally it is obligatory for all different authorized residents within the nation, as said in Part 16 of the 2007 NIMC Act.”
He said that the legislation has made it obligatory for Nigerians and authorized residents to acquire a NIN since 2007.
Nonetheless, he famous that compliance had been low, till just lately.
He mentioned the communications ministry was dedicated to creating an surroundings that may be conducive for all Nigerians and authorized residents to acquire their NINs.