Large crowds have gathered at the Alausa office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Lagos, as the state fights a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The crowd was gathered to meet the two weeks ultimatum given to Nigerians by the Federal Government to register for their National Identification Number (NIN) and avoid SIM deactivation.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to extend the two-week ultimatum to 10 weeks but the Commission is yet to make a public reversal of its notice as of Monday.
Meanwhile, the federal government has extended the deadline for the linkage of telecommunications subscribers’ network with NIN by three weeks.
The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees’, jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta; and Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz.
The statement noted that the deadline has been extended by three weeks for telecommunications subscribers with NIN while Six weeks extension for SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) cards owners who do not have NIN.
It also reinterated the cancellation of all charges, fees for NIN retrieval.
The statement reads, “The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, 2020.
“The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami with major stakeholders in the sector including Chairman – NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
“Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made:
“Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021; and Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021.”
The statement further stated, “NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.”
The NCC had last week ordered telecommunications companies to within two weeks suspend phone subscribers who have no NIN.