NIMC: Inadequate database threatens SIM-NIN registration

The Nigeria Identity Management Commission says its infrastructure can accommodate only 100 million Nigerians.

Telecommunication consumers have lamented the decision of the Federal Government to implement the National Identification Number-Subscriber Identity Module policy.

The consumers under the aegis of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers were reacting to comments by the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz.

According to the DG, the commission’s database is at 80 percent of its capacity with over 80 million unique NINs issued.

He made this announcement during an interview on the Frontiers Show on the Nigerian Television Authority over the weekend.

Aziz said, “We built it (the database) to cater for a 100 million. Right now, we are at eighty million. Also, we have the government’s approval to upgrade it. So, before we reach there, we must have upgraded to about 250 million.

“So, we don’t have issues with that. Most of the time, our major challenges are either power or the bandwidth of the connectivity that we have but not the infrastructure.”



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