TELECOMMUNICATIONS companies have been licensed by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to register people who do not have National Identity Numbers (NIN).
Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said the measure was introduced to reduce the crowds at commission’s offices nationwide.
Aziz also said the measure came up from the recommendation of a committee constituted to address the demands of NIMC employees by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
According to Aziz, licensed mobile network operators were directed to go about the registration exercise with utmost care.
“We have licensed private and public sector organisations including telcos (telecommunications companies) so as to create more centres,” he stated in a WhatsApp message.
It will be recalled that 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. But 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.