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NIN-SIM integration deadline still sacrosanct—NCC

Regulator of the nation’s telecoms industry, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the earlier given deadline for disconnecting SIMs without NIN still stand as the government is yet to issue another statement announcing any shift.

Business Hilights recalls that the rising calls for deadline extension were mainly due to the large crowds that gather daily at the various offices of the National Identity Management Commission.

The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, in Abuja earlier in the week averred that no deadline extension had been approved. He said, “Right now, apart from the recent information that we made concerning the extension, no further update yet. “The information on this matter was the one that talked about when we moved the extension to January 19 for those who have NINs and February 9 for those who do not have.”

When probed further on whether there had been moves to either extend or suspend the exercise, Adinde replied, “No, no, no; if you follow the opinion of the public, it is in favour of extending it. “And then, of course, recently there have been concerns on the effect of COVID-19 and all that.