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

Security Agencies Arrest Fraudulent BDC Operators

Some Bureau De Change operators selling foreign currencies above the stipulated limit were arrested by security agencies, in both Lagos and Ikeja yesterday.

While speaking with the security agencies, National Mirror learnt that those that were arrested would be prosecuted in order to discourage others from flouting the FX regulations against the federal government’s objectives.

 Reacting to the arrest of the yet-to-be disclosed operators, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Mallam Aminu Gwadabe, said that his members had pledged to cooperate with the government.

He explained: “We were told to follow the rules and make sure we cooperate with them. We have agreed to carry our members along on that, in ensuring that compliance is strictly observed. We have been sensitising our members and we have been holding meetings.

 “We want to have same regulation that is happening within the banking industry for BDCs. If you go to any bank, you see the FX rates written boldly. So, we have promised the government that we would adhere to the rules. So, we are looking at a rate between N390/$ and N400/$. That is, we buy at N390/$ and sell at N400 to retail customers.”

He said the initiative was to make the parallel market unattractive.

“We already have a Rate Regulation Committee and we have an Enforcement and Surveillance Committee as well as a Sensitisation Committee. So, our business is now under strict surveillance by the security agencies and we have to protect it,” Gwadabe said.

 Meanwhile, the Naira reacted positively to the development on the parallel market as it appreciated to N458 the dollar, which is stronger than the N461 to the dollar it closed the previous day.

On the interbank FX market, the spot rate of the Naira closed at N306.36 to the dollar, just as it went for N380 to the dollar on the BDC segment.

Although the market has been bearish in the past six trading days, operators said the surprising victory of Trump must have further dampened investors’ confidence.

“We acknowledge the possibility that the surprise victory of Trump in the US presidential election could potentially further dampen sentiments, as investors weigh the potential impact on the country given the close trade relationship between Nigeria and the US,” analysts at Meristem Securities Limited.