The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday, January 13, stated it was awaiting the advice of the Federal Government regarding the deadline for the integration of Subscriber Identification Modules with valid National Identity Numbers.
Also, the NCC explained that the earlier announced deadlines were still in force despite the clamour for extension or outright suspension of the registration process.
Ikechukwu Adinde, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, stated that no deadline extension had been approved.
He said, “Right now, apart from the recent information that we made concerning the extension, no further update yet.
“The information on this matter was the one that talked about when we moved the extension to January 19 for those who have NINs and February 9 for those who do not have.”
Regarding the possibility of extending the deadline, Adinde replied, “No, no, no; if you follow the opinion of the public, it is in favour of extending it.
“And then, of course, recently there have been concerns on the effect of COVID-19 and all that. But I am sure the government is listening and once we are advised; we will go to the press and announce the new position.
“However, as it is now, we are waiting to see what happens at the end of the day; as the recent deadline extension still stands.”
1st News had reported that the Federal Government declared on December 15, 2020; 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 week-extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021.
Commenting on the development, the National Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Olusola Teniola, said the massive crowds at NIMC offices showed that it would be tough to register and integrate all SIMs with valid NINs.
“It is clear that the dates that we are trying to achieve are not going to be met,” he said.