The deadline for linking the national identity numbers to SIM cards in Nigeria has been postponed again by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), again.
The deadline, which was to take effect on Sunday, has now been postponed by three months to October 31.
The decision to extend the deadline of NIN sim registrarion was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.
It also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country, Nigeria.
A statement signed by both the Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ike Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke on Sunday, disclosed that as of July 24th, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.
The statement noted that the administration that the Nigerian government approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required.
They explained in the statement that there are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN.
With the great number of enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, every citizen, legal residents and Nigerians living in the diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs.
According to the statement, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government commends the Kano State government and other states that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.
It was also noted that the use of NIN in the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam significantly reduced instances of exam malpractice.
Nigerian Communications Commission boss Prof Umar Garba Dambatta, and the director-general and CEO of the National Identity Management Commission, Engr Aliyu Azeez, urged citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31st deadline.
Food Security: Edo State Governor kickoff Distribution of Agric Inputs to Farmers
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Nogheghase Godwin Obaseki, will on Thursday, September 23, 2021 kickoff the distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers as part of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programnme (CARES).
In a statement, Coordinator, Nigeria Cares, Edo State Programme Office, Ifueko Alufokhai, said the distribution of the inputs to farmers under the CARES Programme is aimed at increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains for poor households.
She said, “The Nigeria CARES Programme is a state-level intervention that seeks to mitigate the local effects of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, by protecting the livelihoods of existing and newly poor and vulnerable households, and supporting the recovery of local economic activity.”
According to her, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki will kickoff the exercise on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Umuegbe Community, after Ulemon, along Airport Road, Ward 2, Oredo Local Government Area of the state.
Wife was able to Feel his Pulse but Abuja Doc Declared Ex-deputy CBN Governor Dead
While the Wife of Ex-deputy CBN governor could Feel His Pulse; But Abuja Docs Declared Obadiah Mailafia (Ex-deputy CBN governor) Dead.
“On Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transferred to Gwagwalada. On arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing goes wrong.”
“Wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600,000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN. At a point, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.”
“Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia’s son that is living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr. Mailafia for resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.”
“The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead. Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.”
Corps Members have been Advised to avoid Induced Rejection
Corps Members have been advised to avoid induced rejection, rather accept their posting in good faith and settle down to contribute their quota to the development of their host communities.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu lbrahim stated this today while de-briefing the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream Two Corps Members and Camp Officials through a nationwide virtual address.
He said any Corps Member caught inducing posting or redeployment would be sanctioned in line with NYSC bye-laws.
He also disclosed that there is nothing like two weeks break after leaving the Orientation Camp, but added that if there is a compelling need for any Corps Member to travel, the concerned must obtain permission from the NYSC through the established channel.
Ibrahim said no Corps employer is authorised to grant permission to any Corps Member to travel.
“Once you get to your place of primary assignment tomorrow, don’t put pressure on your employers for rejection.
Don’t lobby anyone that you want to change your posting or relocation. If they write to us that you induced or forced them to reject you, you will be punished.
As patriotic Corps Members, it is expected that you accept posting to anywhere you have been posted to and add value to the community“, the DG added.
He urged them to be patriotic in the serve to their fatherland and ensure they equally add value to themselves, NYSC Scheme and the society at large.
The Director-General admonished them to use the opportunity of NYSC platform to excel in life.
“You have gone through the rudiments of the Orientation Course, please take advantage of it and see what you can do for your fatherland.
Let the spirit of the Orientation Exercise live in you forever as Nigerians. National integration should be your watchword. We should be united as a country“, the DG added.
General lbrahim warned against the negative use of the social media, urging them to verify every information before it is shared online.
“Don’t use fake news to promote disunity, shun cybercrimes and all forms of criminality. In whatever action that you are going to take, please look back at where you are coming from and avoid any action that will haunt you tomorrow.
Shun drugs, be good citizens and good ambassadors of your, institutions, families and the NYSC Scheme“, he said.