As a consequence of the ongoing linking of national identity numbers (NINs) records to SIM registration, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that there will be no mass disconnection of telecom subscribers.
In a statement on Wednesday night, the NCC said that clarity was necessary to ease the concerns of subscribers and the general public.
The spokesman for the Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, who signed the declaration, said that many Nigerians had already connected their NIN to their SIM, and that there was no fear of mass disconnection.
A survey done in Nigeria showed that, on average, every human subscriber now has approximately 4 to 5 SIMs.
“In the recently launched Federal Government Portal, this explains the basis for allowing the linkage of up to 7 SIMs to 1 unique NIN,” Adinde said.
If 43 million Nigerians have NINs, he said, this may account for around 172 million SIMs that are already connected to NINs.
He stressed that, as it has far-reaching benefits, the current exercise of linking NIN to SIM(s) is for the common good of all Nigerians.
“This will assist in such vital exercises as national budgeting, policy planning, social intervention programs and many more, in addition to improving our general safety,” said the NCC spokesman.
Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, told the Federal Government that the exercise will continue to be checked in the light of experience in order to ensure its smooth implementation.