The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the October 31 deadline for linking their National Identity Numbers (NIN) with their Subscriber Identity Modules remains sacrosanct.

As result, Nigerians without NIN would soon be denied the opportunity of acquiring driving licenses and passports.

According to the commission through the NCC Digital Signature radio programme, which transmitted the second episode of Telecoms Consumer Town Hall on Radio (live on a radio station in Lagos to discuss benefits of NIN-SIM integration, that will be effective November 1.

In a statement titled ‘NIN-SIM Integration: NCC sensitises telecom consumers on October 31 Deadline’ signed by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde,  the NCC urged telecoms consumers to link their NINs with their SIMs before the expiration of the deadline.

“Speaking during the live programme, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, advised Nigerians to make use of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31, 2021, to enrol 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 acquisition of driving licence, passport.”

“On the benefits of the NIN-SIM integration, Adinde said the exercise will significantly enhance national security as NIN is the primary identity for Nigerians. He stressed 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 of NCC, Efosa Idehen, said the SIM cards without unique identification could be used to commit crimes that remain untraceable.

On his part, the Regional Director of NIMC in Lagos, Funmi Opesanwo said that submission of NIN to a mobile network provider helped to provide a means of verifying an individual’s identity and safeguarding both identity and mobile line.

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