Telecommunications company MTN says eight million of its subscribers have updated their SIM registration records with their National Identification Number (NIN).
In a disclosure notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) MTN also said that on December 21, the Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, met with stakeholders and it was agreed that the deadline for the NIN update would be extended.
Consequently, MTN said three weeks extension was given to subscribers with NIN and six weeks for those without NIN.
The company added that it has received an NIN registration license to facilitate the enrollment, alongside other operators.
“The directive means that while recharge activity and other services continue to be available, operators cannot add new subscribers,” it said.
The company said it remains committed to ensuring compliance with the directive of the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government had on Monday extended the deadline to link NIN to SIM cards, to January 19, 2021. However, despite the extension on the deadline for the registration of the National Identity Number, Nigerians on Tuesday thronged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offices in Lagos and Abuja.