The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that Nigerians that do not have the National Identity Number (NIN) would not be issued passports and driving licences.
NCC also revealed that the October 31 deadline for linking their National Identity Numbers with their Subscriber Identity Modules stands.
In a statement titled, ‘NIN-SIM Integration: NCC sensitises telecom consumers on October 31 Deadline’ and issued by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, on Wednesday, the commission said the NIN-SIM integration exercise will significantly enhance national security as NIN is the primary identity for Nigerians
The statement read, “NCC has reminded and urged telecoms consumers to link their NINs with their SIMs before the expiration of the deadline of October 31, 2021 set by the Federal Government.”
“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,” it added.
Adinde further said that “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, stressing 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.”
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