By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
Many subscribers in Nigeria are worried that they could not make outgoing calls from their mobile phones, because it has been deactivated. Over 72 million subscribers in Nigeria were recently barred from using their lines, this comes as the government’s directive became effective on April 4.
Adhering to the directives, Telecommunications companies in Nigeria have commenced barring outgoing calls of subscribers who are yet to link their National Identification Number (NIN) with their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) cards.
Nigeria has a total of 198,127,431 active subscriber lines across network as at February this year, but the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who gave the order to deactivate all unlinked SIM cards, said before the order was given few day ago, 125 million subscribers have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication.
Given the total number of 198 million active lines across networks, and the 125 million subscribers that have submitted their National Identification numbers (NINs), it shows that over 73 million active lines have not been submitted for linkage, and they must have been affected by the federal government’s order.
Public Affairs Analyst, Jide Ojo says he advocates that technology should be infused in the fight against insecurity and that the national registration is one thing that could help in the fight against insecurity.
“It also helps in economy planning, because when you look at how many Nigerians are on each of the network, just like BVN helps in the fight against economic crimes, the NIN is also going to help in the fight against insecurity and economic planning because then you would know who is using what and the extent of the use,” Ojo added.