NIN-SIM Link: NIMC postpones data capturing as February 9 deadline appears unrealistic

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Scores of Nigerians seeking to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) with their telephone numbers (Subscriber Identity Module -SIM cards) were disappointed Monday, January 25 at offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The officials of the Commission informed the subscribers who thronged the Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos office to return for data capturing and NIN-SIM integration March 22, according to The Nation report.

Report noted that the extension granted by the Federal Government for them to sychronise their lines will expire on February 9.

ConsumerConnect also reports hundreds of subscribers who gathered for same purpose in the Agege area office Monday were asked to pick registration forms to fill in and submit same to obtain diverse dates to return for capturing at the office.

Stakeholders in the telecommunication industry have asked the Federal Government to further extend the timeline of blocking people’s Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.

Desperate Nigerians, who besieged the Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Office of the NIMC went back home disappointed after they were given a March 22 date for their enrolment.

At the NIMC Office entrance in Ikeja, prospective enrollees were also requested to register their names which were subsequently transferred to a notebook.

Some of the youths at the centre said they needed to get their NINs, so they could write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to gain admissions into higher institutions of learning, report said.

Others, however, stated they needed it to renew their expired drivers’ licences and international passports.