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FG Reveals How Many Sim Cards That Can Be Linked To One NIN Number

The federal government has revealed that Nigerians can link up to seven SIM cards to one National Identification Number on the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App. This was disclosed on Friday, January 8, by the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, Punch reports. He said: "You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation." Pantami said the ministry, NIMC and telecommunication operators would review the entire NIN linkage to SIM cards by network users if fresh lockdown is imposed in the country. Meanwhile, he said enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) should not consume the time of the applicants. The minister made this known on Friday, January 8, during a programme on Channels TV, adding that the enrolment should not take more than five minutes. Pantami further stated

How Educated Should Our Politicians Be?

Do educated leaders make a country prosperous or do prosperous countries have electoral systems in place that ensure that there is a de facto minimum educational requirement? Is there a correlation between the prosperity of a country and the pedigree of its leaders?
The Nigerian constitution, in addition to an age threshold, prescribes secondary school education as........
the minimum anyone aspiring to executive or legislative office must attain in order to be eligible. It is sometimes argued that the bar should be higher, to improve the ideas that are put forward and the intellectual rigour applied to the discussions that underpin our statehood.
One might assume that we copied this standard from the British and American models that we have adapted over the years, but the American constitution only requires that a person running for the office of President is a natural born citizen who has been resident in the US for at least 14 years. Similarly, in the UK, there is no reference to a minimum educational requirement. A person wishing to stand as an MP simply needs to be over 18 years of age, be a British citizen or citizen of a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland.

However, the last 4 Prime Ministers of the UK have had the following qualifications – Theresa May has a 2nd Class BA degree from Oxford; David Cameron has a 1st Class in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford; Gordon Brown has a 1st Class degree in History from the University of Edinburgh and went on to get a PhD as well; and Tony Blair had a 2nd Class BA in Arts from Oxford and went on to become a barrister. In the US, Barack Obama went to Columbia and Harvard Law School, George Bush went to Yale and Harvard Business School, Bill Clinton went to Georgetown, Oxford and Yale Law School. Angela Merkel has a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Francois Hollande has a degree in Political Studies and Nicolas Sarkozy has a law degree. Justin Trudeau has 2 bachelor’s degrees. Lee Kuan Yew, who both leading political parties tried to appropriate during the last elections, had double-starred first class honours in law from Cambridge.

A great many African countries, on the other hand, have mostly been ruled by much less educated persons, many of whom have been mutinous men of the military. Civilians have not exactly covered themselves in glory, either. Jacob Zuma, for example, received no formal schooling, and the South African economy has not seen its best days under him. Is there a case then, for advocating that the bar be raised for those who aspire to lead Nigerians and perhaps Africans, generally? Africa is home to some of the world’s poorest and least developed countries, in spite of its abundance of mineral wealth and human capital. It is also home to some of the world’s most enduring conflicts and in spite of the optimism a few years ago, most of Africa isn’t rising.

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