National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) is seeking an extension of time for the National Identification Number (NIN) registration by the Federal Government.
The group noted that the FG One-Month extension is not enough to capture all Nigerians.
The group said rather than fixing a timeline to the exercise, it should be allowed to go on till December 31, 2021.
Its President Mr Adeolu Ogunbanjo, said in view of the huge number of the people that do not have NIN, it would be difficult to achieve in one month.
“Only 51 million linkages have been done so far, and that is on the average consumer having three SIM cards per person, meaning that about 17 million to 18 million Nigerians have actually done their NIN links.
“We have about 120 million subscribers with about 220 million linkages to be done, we have only done 51 million at the centres, and they are very slow due to poor connectivity from network operators.
“So, we are saying extend it to December 31, to enable everybody to register and all documents such as drivers’ license and bank accounts will now be linked appropriately.”
Ogunbanjo, who noted that the one-month extension of the exercise would not be sufficient to capture the over 200 million subscribers in the country however, advised subscribers to link their SIMs with their NINs and to avoid being sanctioned.
It would be recalled that the move by the Federal Government to get citizens to secure the NIN and link them with their SIM cards was first announced in December 2020.
A two-week period was prescribed for the exercise, but after it was clear that the time window was insufficient the government, however, extended it to February, and then April 6.
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had in December 2020 directed telecommunication subscribers to obtain their NIN and link them with SIM cards.
The NCC had earlier announced April 6, as the deadline for Nigerians to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their SIM cards, but the exercise was extended to May 6.