Telecommunication operators on Wednesday revealed that about 143 million Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) are now identifiable to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for registration with their respective National Identity Numbers (NINs).
The mobile operators, however, noted that 21 million subscribers are yet to obtain their NINs, as the deadline for the registration of SIMs with valid NINs draws near.
Recall that the Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Tuesday said a total of 47.8 million NINs had been collected by the mobile operators.
Giving a further explanation on the figure released by the NCC, Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo said, “We collected 47.8 million NINs at an average of three to four SIM cards per person or enrollee.
“So, on a further average we have about 3.5 SIMs per person and when multiplied by 47.8 million, that is about 167 million. Now if we take a lower rate, say an average of three SIM cards per person, it is about 143 million SIM cards.”
He added, “Therefore what this means is that about 143 million SIM cards now have their NINs identifiable to the NIMC. This is what the numbers look like right now.”
Giving an estimate number of subscribers without NINs, Adebayo said the figure is around 21 million.
He said, “If we take this number (143 million SIM cards) and compare it with the 207 million subscriber records that we have, then the numbers are not looking bad.
“Because you will be looking at about 63 or 64 million SIM cards that do not have NINs. And at an average of about three SIMs per person, it then means that we have about 20 to 21 million people without NINs yet.”
Adebayo said the telcos hoped that more subscribers would be able to get their NINs, submit the identity numbers to mobile operators and have them forwarded to NIMC before the February 9, 2021 deadline.