Tanzania: Govt Urged to Extend SIM Card Registration Deadline
Source: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
As the December 31, 2019 deadline for biometric SIM card registration draws near, some Kagera residents have appealed to the National Identification Agency (NIDA) to speed up issuance of identity cards to avoid inconvenience.
Mr Jacob Kalikumutima (43) from Mugoma Village in Ngara District told this paper by telephone that he was a victim of circumstances.
“The deadline for the biometric SIM card registration is almost coming to an end, but NIDA has failed to provide us with identity cards. We appeal to President John Magufuli’s intervention to extend the deadline,” he said.
Reports from Ngara, Karagwe, Kyerwa, Biharamulo and Missenyi districts said many people, especially those living near the border, had not received NIDA identity numbers.
Kagera Region shares borders with three neighbouring countries – Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.
Tanzania plans to limit the number of mobile phone lines an individual can have per network to curb cybercrime and boost security.
Biometric SIM card registration started from May 1 to September 30, but was later extended to December 31, 2019.
Subscribers are required to present their national identification cards or an ID number for registration.
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