Telecommunication companies in Nigeria have confirmed that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) can now identify as many as 143 million Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) that are linked with their respective NINs.
They however mentioned that over 21 million mobile subscribers were yet to be linked with a NIN.
According to a statement released on Tuesday by the Federal Government, no fewer than 47.8 million people have so far had their numbers linked with a NIN.
“At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021,” the government had stated.
The Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, “Therefore what this means is that about 143 million SIM cards now have their NINs identifiable to the NIMC. This is what the numbers look like right now.”
He said, “If we take this number (143 million SIM cards) and compare it with the 207 million subscriber records that we have, then the numbers are not looking bad.”
“Because you will be looking at about 63 or 64 million SIM cards that do not have NINs. And at an average of about three SIMs per person, it then means that we have about 20 to 21 million people without NINs yet.”