Thousands of Jos residents in Plateau State have besieged the enrollment centres of the National Identity Management Commission for enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) to link their telephone numbers to avoid being barred from making calls and accessing other GSM services.
On Sunday, the federal government directed all the telecommunication operators in the country to bar outgoing calls on all unlinked mobile lines with effect from Monday, April 4, 2022.
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The need for the NIN registration, according to the government, is to check the activities of criminals, especially bandits and kidnappers.
Our correspondent who went round some of the registration centres in Jos reports that people were seen in queues trying obtain the number.
Safiya Musa, whose phone was barred, expressed dissatisfaction, hoping that she would get number working again very soon, adding that the situation at the registration centre was boring.