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NIN on SIM Cards: Reps ask NCC to extend deadline


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The House of Representatives has asked the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, to extend the deadline for the updating of the National Identification Number, NIN on SIM Cards by telecommunication service subscribers to 10 weeks.

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The House, at the plenary on Wednesday, described the two weeks given to SIM card users by the NCC to provide their NIN to service providers as grossly inadequate.

The Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, had moved a motion of urgent public importance to demand more time.

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Adopting the motion, the House resolved that the exercise should end on January 28, 2021, as against December 30, 2020.

The NCC had threatened that SIM cards not linked to NIN issued by the National Identity Management Commission would be blocked.

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