Recall that the federal government of Nigeria ordered telecommunication networks to deactivate all Sim cards that are not registered or linked with National Identification Number (NIN) and also gave a deadline for enrollment.
But due to the fact that many Nigerians are yet to enroll for the NIN, the federal government extended the deadline date to give more time for applicants.
On Wednesday The Federal Government of Nigeria released a new announcement on NIN Registration, and it has caused mixed reactions from Nigerians on twitter.
According to People’s Gazette, The Minister of Communication, Isa Pantomi announced that Nigerians who failed to obtain the National Identification Number (NIN) risks up to fourteen (14) years jail term.
Isa Pantomi released this announcement while addressing the press at the weekly presidential media briefing in Abuja.
The Minister also stated that 51 million Nigerian have so far enrolled for NIN as of March 31st , 2021.
He furthered that based on requirements by law, every citizen and legal residents must obtain NIN, which is being coordinated by the NIMC, adding that it is a requirement by law but many Nigerians are ignoring it.
He also disclosed that No country will be successful in education, health, budget planning or national planning without a database of its citizen in place
Some Nigerians have reacted to this announcement, see screenshots below:
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