The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised corporate organisation such as churches, mosques, and business organisations not to fret over ongoing efforts to sync Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) with the National Identity Number (NIN) usually issued after capturing the data of persons into the National Identity Databse (NIDB) of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Prof Garba Dambatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC, advised such organisations and groups to apply for what he described as unique NIN from NIMC.
Corporate organisations should apply for a NIN under which all their lines will be captured. It will be a ‘unique’ NIN similar to the one for individuals with multiple lines,” the EVC explained in response to a text message on Wednesday.
The Federal Government had in December, given mobile network operators (MNOs) and subscribers two weeks to link their SIMs. The government ordered that SIMs not linked should be deactivated while MNOs not cooperating risked operating licence withdrawal. The two weeks ended December 30.
The timeline was, however, extended by three weeks for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020 to January 19 and six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN, being December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021.
Subscribers, have, in the meantime, continued to flood NIMC offices in desperate attempt not to get their SIMs deactivated.