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

Ijaw Youths Threaten To Shut Down Agip

Following its alleged refusal to honor a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), two oil-producing towns in Bayelsa state have threatened to shut down the operations of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC). According to reports, the warning was given over the weekend when leaders of Ogboinbiri and Azuzuama- the affected areas- led by Tari Okoso and Walter Job-Molo, staged a march to the president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide Eric Omare. 

The aggrieved youth leaders informed Omare that the oil company had refused to implement the memorandum and had taken to deploying military personnel to the area whenever indigenes demanded for their rights. 

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They stated: “We have been pushed to the wall and we have issued an ultimatum to shut down Agip operations in the communities by asking Agip workers to leave.” The youth leaders also complained that the company had refused to pay compensation to the communities after repeated oil spillages. They recalled that 67 persons had died in 2007, as a result of “the mismanagement of a MoU by Agip in Ogboinbiri community”. 

According to the youth leaders, a fire incident at Azuzuama community “from the negligence of Agip in 2015 led to the death of several persons including late Linus Epunumokumor in respect of which Agip has refused to pay compensation to the family up till date.” 

In response, Omare urged Agip to observe international best practices in the oil and gas industry and honor the MoU it entered into with the host communities. Omare also appealed to the federal government and the Bayelsa state governor to compel Agip to respect the MoU in order “to avoid a violent shut down of operations with grave security and economic implications.”