NCC has acknowledged that the federal authorities is but to advise on an extension of deadline.
The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) Says Its January 19 And February 9, 2021 Deadlines For All Cellular Telephone Subscribers To Combine Their SIMs With Their Nationwide Identification Numbers (NIN) Or Have Their Telephone Strains Blocked, Is Nonetheless In Power.
The NIN enrolment course of has been shoddy, chaotic and shrouded in controversy, with Nationwide Id Administration Fee (NIMC) employees embarking on a strike motion sooner or later to protest poor working circumstances.
Massive crowds have additionally besieged NIMC places of work for registration at a time when the federal authorities is preaching bodily and social distancing.
A piece of Nigerians have additionally known as for the NIN registration train to be suspended or prolonged indefinitely, amid a second wave of the novel coronavirus illness.
Nevertheless, the Director, Public Affairs on the NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, says an extension of the deadline has not been authorised by the federal authorities.
“Proper now, other than the current info that we made in regards to the extension, no additional replace but,” Adinde tells Punch.
The federal authorities had prolonged the deadline from December 30, 2020 to the present dates and Adinde says that’s nonetheless the case.
“The data on this matter was the one which talked about once we moved the extension to January 19 for many who have NINs and February 9 for many who do not need.”
Probed additional on whether or not there have been discussions on the highest ranges to both prolong or droop the venture, Adinde replied, “No, no, no; when you observe the opinion of the general public, it’s in favour of extending it.
“After which, in fact, lately there have been issues on the impact of COVID-19 and all that.
However I’m certain authorities is listening and as soon as we’re suggested, we are going to go to the press and announce the brand new place.
“Nevertheless, as it’s now, we’re ready to see what occurs on the finish of the day, because the current deadline extension nonetheless stands.”
Specialists preserve that the deadlines are unrealistic, given the obvious unpreparedness of the enrolment authorities.