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  The Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) has insisted that its stipulated deadlines for mobile phone users to integrate their SIMs with their identification numbers or face the consequence of having their phone lines blocked, still stands.
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The NCC has maintained its position despite calls for the NIN registration deadline to be scrapped or extended, as well as recent strike action by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) staff blamed on poor working conditions. Speaking with Punch, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, reaffirmed this decision on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in Abuja.
“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.”
In response to enquiries on whether powers at the helm of affairs were working towards a suspension or extension of the exercise, 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.

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“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.”
The NIN-SIM integration exercise has been the centre of public attention, since it was first enforced on December 15, 2020. With an initial deadline of December 30, 2020, the short notice was decried by members of the public, leading the Federal Government to extend the deadline for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021, and from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021 (6 weeks) for subscribers without NIN. Featured Image Source: IT Edge News NG
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This article was first published on 15th January 2021


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