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

Minister Of State For Aviation Insists On The Closure Of Abuja Airport

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has reiterated the stand of the Ministry to shut down operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for a period of 6 weeks, owing to the planned rehabilitation of the major runway of the airport.

Addressing the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, the Minister said the decision to shut down the airport was....
a good decision and for the “general interest of the public and all Nigerians.”

According to Sirika, there was no better time to undertake the repairs on the runway than now, adding that, “if we miss the opportunity now, we may have to wait for the next dry season. ”
He stressed that the runway was constructed over 30 years ago and no major rehabilitation had been carried out since then.

“The runway has been in deplorable state for two and a half years now and as we speak, an aircraft carrying over 300 passengers almost crashed on the 8th of January 2017, and it is still grounded in Nigeria till now “, he said.

The Aviation Minister also explained that, though the repairs on the runway would last for 6 months, the shutting down of airline operations would only last for 6 weeks.

When asked on the level of preparedness at the Kaduna Airport which is being suggested as alternative airport for the period of 6 weeks, the Minister said the Aviation ministry had sought the collaborations of the Ministry of Agriculture, the DSS, Police, Immigration, NDLEA, NAFDAC, Imams and Pastors, to make operations in Kaduna Airport smooth.

Though the Minister said the total cost of repairs at the Abuja runway would amount to N5.4bn, he however, was unable to give the estimated cost for the operations of the Kaduna Airport for the period of 6 weeks, when asked by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.|

As at the time of filing this report, the Honourable Minister was still being questioned by the Distinguished Senators, even as the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi declined comments, saying “a cabinet Minister cannot oppose to the stand of another cabinet Minister.”

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