Subscriber Groups Say FG’s One-Month Extension of NIN Deadline is Disobedience to Court Order
Telecom subscriber groups have said extending the National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration deadline by a month constitutes disobedience to a court order extended it by two months.
They said the one-month extension announced by the government on Friday would not be enough and demanded that the government obeyed the court judgement delivered on March 23, 2021.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had ordered the extension of the deadline for the NIN registration by two months.
Justice M.A. Onyetenu granted the extension while delivering a ruling in a suit filed by human rights lawyer, Monday Ubani, asking the court to stop the Nigerian Communications Commission from disconnecting SIM cards not linked to NINs.
President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria, Deolu Ogunbanjo, demanded that the ministry of communication and digital economy to lead by example and obey the court orders.
“May 6 is unacceptable. They should apply the court judgement. There is a court ruling that it should be extended to June 6. So their extension is of no consequence,” he said.
The president of the Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers, Sina Bilesanmi, also said, “We are standing on the court decision. The court already gave the best decision in the interest of the consumer. So why are they extending by one month?
“If truly they are the government, they should respect the court decision. They must respect the law of the land.”
A statement jointly signed by the director, public affairs of the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and the head of corporate communications, National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke, announced the FG’s decision to extend the NIN-SIM linkage by a month.
The extension was decided after a meeting held on Thursday with key stakeholders and chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Aliyu Isa Pantami.
They said the request for the extension has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the statement, over 51 million people have already been assigned NINs, and the current number of monthly enrollments have increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.
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