Nigerians have reacted to the Federal Government’s directive ordering telecommunications companies in the country to bar all outgoing calls to Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMS) not yet registered and linked with the National identification Number (NIN)

Reacting, Nigerians in an interview with Pensioners’ FM’s correspondents said the NIN-SIMs Linkage process should be a continuous one that should not come with a deadline, considering the population of the country.

A professor, who simply identifies himself as Salawudeen said the linkage is of no importance. According to him “if the linkage of the NIN-SIMs cannot be used to track criminal activities, then there is no point to link”.

Another Nigerian, Mr Godwin John said “the NIN-SIMs linkage should be a continuous process as this will help Nigerians to comply with the directive”.

However, Mr Adekunsi Akinyemi pleaded for more time, “time is a major factor constraining me from getting it done”.

Meanwhile, efforts to speak to mobile network providers on the issue proved abortive.

The Government’s directive on the banning was announced in statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke.

Recall that Federal Government had on several occasions allowed Nigerians to comply with the policy

Yetunde Oke

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