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Relief As FG Gives MTN, Airtel, Others Licence To Provide NIN For Subscribers




The National Identity Management Commission, has said that the Telecommunications companies have been licensed to register subscribers who do not have National Identity Numbers so as to reduce the large crowds at its offices nationwide.

Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, dropped the hint on Tuesday while reacting to enquiries from journalists in Abuja.
BIGENNGR.COM reports that the development is coming at the wake of the suspended protest strike by NIMC workers who downed tools on January 7, 2021 in protest against the poor welfare issues at the commission.

Speaking on the suspended strike, Aziz said that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had constituted a committee to address the demands of NIMC employees.

He said that part of the measure to address some of issues raised was the license issued to Telcoms companies said some other private and public organisations to provide NINs in order to address the crowds at commission’ s offices .

Responding to an enquiry as regards measures taken by NIMC with respect to complains by citizens and the crowds at the commission’s offices, Aziz said mobile network operators had been empowered to also give the identity numbers.

“We have licensed private and public sector organisations including telcos (telecommunications companies) so as to create more centres, ” he stated.

On December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked .

It later extended the December 30, 2020 deadline following widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and gave three weeks’ extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020 to January 19, 2021 .

It also gave six weeks’ extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30 , 2020 to February 9, 2021, but many organisations had called for further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration process due to the large crowds who had yet to have their NINs .