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As Feb 9 Deadline For NIN-SIM Linkage Approaches, Will You Be shutout?

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• Airtel awaits 23m customers, NIMC workers get tools to boost enrolment

With eight days to the February 9 deadline for enrolment, verification and linking of National Identification Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country, calls for more time by subscribers and stakeholders alike have heightened.

Already, the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), claimed to have collected over 50 million NINs and transferred same to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for verification.

But Airtel, at the weekend, said 23.4 million of its customers were yet to submit their special digits. Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa, Raghunath Mandava, who made the disclosure, clarified that the firm had taken receipt of 21 million NINs of its 44.4 million subscriber base.

According to him, the telco has made significant progress in collection and is working on improved connectivity with the NIMC database to verify the NINs.

He said: “We have already made significant progress capturing NIN and building our database with the NIMC. So far, out of Airtel Nigeria’s 44.4 million customers, we have collected NINs for 21 million – that’s 47 per cent of our base.

“To finish this registration process, we must verify these NINs we have with the NIMC. This requires improved connectivity with the NIMC database, which is currently being developed for all Nigerian mobile operators.”

The agitation for extension in deadline, The Guardian learnt, is borne out of the frustration faced by subscribers, who on a daily basis, amid the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic, besiege NIMC offices and outlets nationwide.

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Some customers are equally worried about their booking that reads March.

The situation is being compounded by the inability of the Federal Government’s licensees, including the telecoms operators, to begin immediate capturing of Nigerians.

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had, last December, licensed 203 public and private institutions for the exercise. While MTN started with some 14,000 equipment earlier in January and awaits 40,000 more to expand services across the federation, it was only just last week that Airtel and Globacom began enrolment.

Checks showed that nothing had been heard from 9mobile, National Pension Commission, Central Bank of Nigeria (through the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems Plc), National Population Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Joint Tax Board and Nigeria Postal Service, among others.

In a chat, President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOMS), Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, appealed to government to consider the economic implication of blocking SIM cards.

MEANWHILE, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NIMC for the safety of workers and applicants.

The gesture followed the minister’s (Dr. Isa Pantami) resolve for seamless enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database.

A statement at the weekend by the agency’s Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke, said the items included hand sanitisers, face masks and hand-held thermometers.

Source: https://m.guardian.ng/News/• Airtel awaits 23m customers, NIMC workers get tools to boost enrolment
With eight days to the February 9 deadline for enrolment, verification and linking of National Identification Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country, calls for more time by subscribers and stakeholders alike have heightened.

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Already, the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), claimed to have collected over 50 million NINs and transferred same to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for verification.

But Airtel, at the weekend, said 23.4 million of its customers were yet to submit their special digits. Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa, Raghunath Mandava, who made the disclosure, clarified that the firm had taken receipt of 21 million NINs of its 44.4 million subscriber base.

According to him, the telco has made significant progress in collection and is working on improved connectivity with the NIMC database to verify the NINs.

He said: “We have already made significant progress capturing NIN and building our database with the NIMC. So far, out of Airtel Nigeria’s 44.4 million customers, we have collected NINs for 21 million – that’s 47 per cent of our base.

“To finish this registration process, we must verify these NINs we have with the NIMC. This requires improved connectivity with the NIMC database, which is currently being developed for all Nigerian mobile operators.”

The agitation for extension in deadline, The Guardian learnt, is borne out of the frustration faced by subscribers, who on a daily basis, amid the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic, besiege NIMC offices and outlets nationwide.

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Some customers are equally worried about their booking that reads March.

The situation is being compounded by the inability of the Federal Government’s licensees, including the telecoms operators, to begin immediate capturing of Nigerians.

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had, last December, licensed 203 public and private institutions for the exercise. While MTN started with some 14,000 equipment earlier in January and awaits 40,000 more to expand services across the federation, it was only just last week that Airtel and Globacom began enrolment.

Checks showed that nothing had been heard from 9mobile, National Pension Commission, Central Bank of Nigeria (through the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems Plc), National Population Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Joint Tax Board and Nigeria Postal Service, among others.

In a chat, President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOMS), Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, appealed to government to consider the economic implication of blocking SIM cards.

MEANWHILE, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NIMC for the safety of workers and applicants.

The gesture followed the minister’s (Dr. Isa Pantami) resolve for seamless enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database.

A statement at the weekend by the agency’s Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke, said the items included hand sanitisers, face masks and hand-held thermometers.

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FG Does Not Understand Paystack And Flutterwave, Only How To Borrow Money from CBN – Chidoka

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Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, on Saturday said the Federal Government does not have a grasp of how technology start-ups make money.

Mr Chidoka, who is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, was speaking at The Platform, a televised event hosted by the Senior Pastor of Covenant Nation, Poju Oyemade and which seeks to spark conversations that can aid national development.

“What is the average age of our cabinet,” Mr. Chidoka said. “Our cabinet does not reflect Nigeria. They cannot understand Paystack, they cannot understand Flutterwave. They cannot understand Kobo360.

“They don’t know how to tax them. The tax authorities are taxing their revenues, because they think that all the money received by Kobo360 is revenue. No, it is money they are receiving as an aggregator.

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“So we need young people like you to be the Chairman of the FIRS. That’s what we need. We need people who understand.

“We can’t help them. Mr. President cannot understand it. The APC government does not understand it. They are too old to understand it. What they understand is borrowing money from the Central Bank.”

Mr. Chidoka explained that the relatively new crop of technology innovators are part of a new Nigeria he described as ‘Naija’.

“We need to unlock Naija,” he said. “It is not the responsibility of the structuralists. They are deceiving us, to make us keep looking at that day when we will change our constitution and El-Dorado will come. No, they are planning how they will take over in that new El-Dorado. “

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NIN: BLS International Seals Biometric Services Deal For Nigerians Living In UK

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A partnership deal has been struck between outsourcing service provider BLS International and data and digital enrolment services firm Files Solutions Limited to help Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offer biometric enrollment services to Nigerians residing in the United Kingdom, BLS said in a press release.

There are an estimated 205,000 Nigerians in the UK, with about 97,000 of them living in London.

Per the three-year deal, BLS will enable NIMC to enroll the biometrics and biographical data of the Nigerians for the issuance of national identification numbers (NINs) as part of a digital identity database enrolment program which is also ongoing back home.

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According to the BLS announcement, its center in London will soon begin handing out NINs, as well as the General Multi-purpose Cards (GMPCs) which will be used by Nigerians abroad for various purposes including passport issuance, voter registration, and the opening of a bank account, among others.

The biometrics-backed NIN is also mandatory for certain services in Nigeria such as for delivery of driver’s licenses and registration for entrance into public universities.

Shikhar Aggarwal, joint managing director for BLS International, expressed delight after the deal was concluded, saying the company looks forward to offering streamlined services for NIMC.

“We are delighted to support the initiative by National Identity Management Commission, Nigeria by assisting them to streamline their identity management services for Nigerian citizens. Our domain expertise and tech-enabled services will help in seamless roll out of the project and making it successful. We are delighted by strengthening our footprint with newer partnerships serving global as well as local client governments,” said Aggarwal.

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As part of this ID services management process, helplines, an email contact address and a website will be put at the disposal of users in the days ahead, the announcement says.

This activity is not new to BLS International, as it has executed identity management and verification projects for the governments of Canada, Afghanistan and Egypt.

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Meet The 23-Year-Old Nigerian US Private, Commercial Pilot

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Meet Miracle Izuchukwu, 23-year-old Nigerian born Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot (candidate) and Flight Attendant at American Airlines.

She recently joined the elite group of 7% of females and 1% of black female Pilots in the world.

“I who grew up in a society that did not encourage young girls to dream big, career-wise. I remember watching lots of TED Talks to give myself more insights on possible careers that might interest me…to no avail,” said Miracle.

In 2019, she had an encounter with an Airline Pilot while working as a customer service rep. He opened her eyes to the possibility of becoming a Pilot. A few weeks later, she went on a discovery flight that sealed it for her.

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“I came home that day, called my father, and told him I was considering becoming a Professional Pilot.

He said, and I quote: “if he gets on a plane and sees a woman as the Pilot, he would get off the plane” words cannot explain the pain and confusion I felt. I needed that validation,” she narrated.

“What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender?

In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to shout,” concluded Miracle.

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