The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a stern warning to Nigerians yet to have their Subscriber Identity Modules(SIM) cards linked with their National Identity Numbers (NIN) to do so before the Sunday, 31st, October deadline.
According to the commission, those yet to comply will no longer be able to use their lines upon the expiration of the deadline.
NCC issued this warning in a statement after the conclusion of the second edition of the Telecoms Consumer Town Hall radio program, held on Wednesday.
The statement further revealed that anyone without a NIN record in the National Identity Database (NIDB) will no longer be ab le to obtain a driver licence and international passport.
Part of the statement reads:
NCC sensitizes telecom customers on October 31 Deadline.
The NCC advised telecoms users to connect their NINs with their SIMs before the Federal Government’s October 31, 2021 deadline.
“Shortly, persons without NIN will be denied access to essential services that play critical roles in their life, such as obtaining a driver’s license or passport.”
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, in the statement also encouraged Nigerians to take advantage of the NIN-SIM integration effort’s extension until October 31, 2021, by enrolling with NIMC, getting their NINs, and linking them to their SIMs.
Adinde said: “It is worth noting that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act of 2007 require the usage of a National Identification Number to access certain government services.
“This is comparable to the usage of a Social Security Number and a National Insurance Number in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, respectively, for accessing services.”