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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

China, G-20 Countries Give Debt Relief To Nigeria And Other Poorest Countries In The World


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Following the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, China and G-20 countries have agreed to give debt relief to the poorest countries in the world which are classified as IDA countries by the World Bank. This was disclosed by David Malpass, the World Bank president, on Friday, April 17.


It was disclosed at the ongoing virtual April 2020 virtual Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. “IDA countries will have bilateral debt relief beginning May 1. That way, they can concentrate their resources on fighting the pandemic and its economic and social consequences,” he said.


“I take note that in the G-20 meetings, China is supporting the international agreement to allowing moratorium of debt repayments by IDA Countries if they ask for forbearance.


“That’s very important because China is one of the biggest creditors and their participation in that effort is important and was very welcome.”


According to The Cable, countries under the International Development Association (IDA) are those with per capita income below an established threshold. The 2020 threshold is $1,175.


Countries, such as Nigeria and Pakistan, are IDA-eligible based on per capita income levels and are also creditworthy for some IBRD borrowing. They are referred to as ‘blend’ countries. Going further, he said a system will be set up to monitor how developing countries utilise the funds made available by the debt relief.


“So if the government saves money by not paying creditors, there is an expectation that they use it for health, education, economic rebuilding, jobs and concrete ways to help the people of their country,” he said.

“There is also within the debt relief initiative, the idea that there will be monitoring and assessment of the debt sustainability of poor countries.


“That process itself will amount to transparency.

That’s going to change the way that countries have been lending into the developing world and it will improve it substantially and there will be a big benefit even to the creditors.

“It’s not the best system for creditors to be making non-transparent loans into poor countries and this is going to improve the system.”

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