One thing that has been bothering Nigerians since Federal Government’s order for SIM-NIN synchronization, is their ability to harmonise more than one SIM to a National Identification Number (NIN), since an average Nigerian has more than one SIM card. But now, subscribers have to heave a sigh of relief, as the Federal Government has explained it out.
According to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, a subscriber can link as many as seven SIM numbers to a NIN. Pantami revealed this, Friday, January 8, while fielding questions from journalists on a Channels TV show. He said this is possible by using the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App.
The minister who spoke extensively on the issue, however, debunked that there will be a review of the SIM linkage if there is a fresh lockdown in the country occasioned by the new spike in COVID-19, adding that his ministry, NIMC and telecommunication operators have deliberated extensively on that.
He said: “You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one NIN. I have already launched the App, downloaded the App, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is effect of digitalization.”
Answering questions on the difficulties suffered by Nigerians in enrolling for National Identification Number, he said enrolment process should not be an issue to consume the time of the applicants, adding that “prospective applicants can complete the form virtually without even visiting any office.”
He reiterated that, in government’s determination to make the exercise seamless, the ministry had, on December 31, 2020, in Abuja, emphasized this in a statement , stating that it was part of overall federal government’s policy to improve the process of obtaining NIN and linking it to Subscribers Identification Module (SIM), and also aligning with the national digital economy policy for a digital Nigeria./ SHARE THIS
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