The meeting which was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami)had in attendance major stakeholders in the sector including Chairman-Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC; Director-General (DG), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); DG, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); Executive Commissioner, Technical Services (ECTS), NCC; Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management (ECSM), NCC; Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); Chief Executive Officers of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble.
Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made:
The Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC,Prof. Umar G. Danbatta who spoke on behalf of Ministerial Task Force announced three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021.
Six (6) weeks extension was also approved for subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021.
He noted that NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens to attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remained mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.
NCC Boss said President Buhari appreciated Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities;He said Federal Government also thanked all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.
“Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urged all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN.
” Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.” the NCC Boss concluded.