The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to reconsider the two weeks deadline given for linking SIM cards to National Identity Number (NIN) which is already generating mixed reactions from Nigerians.
The Reps have unanimously sought for 10 more weeks extension for the NIN/SIM Cards Linking exercise to enable Nigerians do it properly.
The decision followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu on Wednesday during plenary
Elumelu in his motion explained that the House agrees with the policy of linking SIM cards to NIN, he explained that the policy is consistent with the position of the House.
He disclosed that the House even made recommendations to the NCC recently regarding the policy.
“As laudable as the policy is, Nigerians have not been properly sensitized. In this yuletide season, it could lead to stampede and exploitation.”
Opposing the amendment to extend the registration by 8weeks, Uzoma Abonta stated that 1year would be appropriate for the process.
However, the amendment for a one-year extension was rejected by the House.