GSM operators collects over 47m NINs ahead of NCC deadline

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said that GSM operators have now collected over 47 million National Identification Number (NINs) from subscribers as at 18th of January.
This is contained in a statement by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC Director, Public Affairs on Tuesday in Lagos.
Adinde quoted the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami saying that figures showed that many Nigerian subscribers would be linked to their NINs before the Feb 9 set for deadline.
He, Ali Patami, also said that the collection of NIN was at an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber.
He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment shown by stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NIN before the day set for deadline.
He also called on the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project would be delivered as soon as possible.
“The Technical Implementation Committee, under the Ministerial Task Force reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage,” he said.
Patami also drew attention of Nigerians to the App developed by federal government which allowed subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven SIMs to their NINs.
He however, urged Nigerians to secure and protect their NINs, urging subscribers to desist from selling their numbers or allowing others to use them for registration.
”For any action committed with the SIM, good or bad will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,” Pantami said.