Following the deadline for telephone subscribers to link their SIM cards with their identity numbers on Tuesday, mobile operators have cleared the confusion on whether SIMs with unlinked but submitted NINs would be blocked or not.
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“If you already have your NIN and you have delivered the number to your service provider and it has been acknowledged and forwarded to NIMC, I don’t think the penalty will be there for you as from tomorrow (Tuesday) if your SIM has not been registered with the NIN,”
the chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo, speaking on behalf of Nigerian telecommunications companies including Airtel, MTN, Globacom, and 9Mobile, told Punch.
“This is because as far as you are concerned as a subscriber, you have uploaded that number to your operator and forwarded to NIMC.
“Now the further interrogation of that means that you are not supposed to be penalised because you have done what you are required to do to your service provider and to NIMC.”
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Adebayo explained that the penalty would mainly concern those who failed to register for their NIN and were unable to submit it to their service providers.
“So those in the problem category are those who do not have the NIN and who have not delivered the NIN to their service providers by Tuesday.
“Therefore if you as a subscriber have submitted your NIN to your service provider and this has been forwarded to NIMC, at this stage I am not aware of any penalty for you,”
Thus, if you have not done the needful, go out and get it done as soon as possible. However, take into consideration all the COVID-19 health precautionary tips. As irresponsible as this is, we, as citizens, must be responsible to protect ourselves.
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