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

Senate Rejects FIRS Budget

THE Senate, yesterday, rejected the 2016 budget of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, forwarded to it by the Executive for approval, citing questionable inclusion of capital projects which it declared had been a yearly ritual of revenue generating agencies of government.

It also warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, ahead of presentation and defence of 2017 budget, that the days of partially prepared budget were over, adding that it would no longer be business as usual.

The action of the upper Chamber came four months after President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the 2016 budget of FIRS.

It would be recalled that President Buhari forwarded the budget to the Senate on July 21, and was, thereafter, referred to the Finance Committee, led by Senator John Enoh, PDP, Cross River Central, for further legislative action on July 25, 2016.

Senate said it refused to pass the N146.16 billion budget of FIRS because of the shady exercise of the Committee on Finance.

Presenting the report, Enoh said that the committee recommended that a total expenditure of N143.722 billion be approved for FIRS in 2016. But the Senate rejected the report of the committee due to the poor preparation of the document.

The Senate believes the report submitted for consideration yesterday supported the committee’s position that more oversight of the budget was necessary and that supporting budget justification information was sorely needed.

Some senators were concerned that the FIRS budget submission was poorly compiled and, therefore, incomplete. Already the Senate has rejected the request for $30 billion international loan by executive arm of government due to lack of supporting documentation and details of where the expenditures would be allocated.