Nigerians without National Identity Number (NIN) will soon be unable to acquire driving licenses and passports the Nigerian Communications Commission has threatened.
Although the Commission had postponed her deadlines severally and now insignificant to Nigerians, it also said that the October 31 deadline for linking their National Identity Numbers with their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) remains sacrosanct.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, September 29, in a statement titled “NIN-SIM Integration: NCC sensitizes telecom consumers on October 31 Deadline,” signed by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.
The sensitization programme by the NCC was done via a Lagos radio station, with Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, advising Nigerians to make use of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31, 2021, to enroll with NIMC, get their NINs and link them to their SIMs.
Adinde said: “Soon, people without NIN will be denied of necessary services that play vital roles in their lives including the acquisition of driving license, passport.”
Adinde added that the NIN-SIM integration is beneficial because it 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.”
Also speaking on the show, NCC’s Director of Consumer Affairs Bureau, Efosa Idehen, said, “Those SIMs without unique identification could be used to commit crimes that remain untraceable.”
A statement released following the sensitization programme reads: “NCC has reminded and urged telecoms consumers to link their NINs with their SIMs before the expiration of the deadline of October 31, 2021, set by the Federal Government.”
The federal Government never reacted to allegations that the Minister of Digital Communications, Isa Pantami has given personal data Nigerians already registered through this process to an Islamic organization based in Saudi which Nigeria joined without recourse to the National Assembly.
Government also never reacted to allegations that usual threats to those who have not registered is fake as their monthly postponements of deadline was to allow terrorist bandits room to operate without hindrances.
It will be recalled that the media reported that the terrorists located where telecom services were shut down got into hectic challenges as many of them had to run to Niger Republic to use their services to be in touch with relations of abducted people.
Governor of Katsina State had told the media that the exercise cut off the bandits from the people as network failure of Nigerian telecom systems prevailed.
Kaduna state with effect from today Thursday 30th September shut down telecom services too.
By our Reporter.