The Federal Government has announced that a total of 47.8 million National Identity Numbers have been collected by the mobile operators in a bid to meet the stipulated deadline.
It also reiterated that the NIN would be used as tracking tools for any act committed by Nigerians, while warning subscribers to safeguard the same.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami gave the warning through a statement by the Director Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister said that at the end of a review meeting on January 18, 2021, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise.
“So far a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021,” he noted.
He said for any action committed with the SIM good or bad it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner.