By Bright Azuh
Following the order from the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to suspend mobile numbers of people without a National Identity Number (NIN), there has been a rapid increase in the number of people obtaining their NINs.
Between December 15th, 2020 when the order was given and the second deadline date, January 19th, 2021, Nigerian mobile operators have received 47.8 million new submissions from active subscribers.
About 143 million out of 207 million active mobile subscribers in the country have now become identifiable to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for registration with their NIN. This means 21 million subscribers do not have their identity numbers yet.
Last year, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), an organisation set up to operate the national identity database in Nigeria, confirmed that only 38% of Nigerians have any form of identification.
Judging from the recently recorded number of NINs, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of registered subscribers in the country.
Although a new six-week extension has been given for the 21 million subscribers without NIN to get it on or before February 9, 2021, internet providers have continued to devise means for their customers to link their NINs to their respective phone numbers.
Source:: Tech Cabal