Following outcries and criticism by Nigerians over the December 30, 2020, deadline set by the Nigerian Communication Commission for Nigerians to link their National Identification Number (NIN) with their SIM registration, the Federal government has extended the deadline to ensure everyone meets up with the deadline. This disclosure was made through an official statement released by the National Task Force on NIN and SIM Registration on Monday, December 21, 2020.
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Subscribers who already have a NIN have until January 19, 2021, as the deadline to link it up with their SIM registration records, while subscribers without a NIN have until February 9, 2020, to get it and update their SIM registration record to avoid their SIM cards being blocked. Further, the National Task Force on NIN and SIM Registration also maintained that charges (USSD and verification charges) accompanying the link-up must remain suspended for the period given.
It will be recalled that the House of Representatives, following the order of NCC last week, passed a resolution for the deadline to be extended. The NIN which is issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) once an individual enrols into the National Identity Database, and is equally useful for capturing the records of individuals, has seen large crowds gather at NIMC centres since the directive from the NCC, and there are fears it could escalate the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
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However, telecommunications companies in Nigeria have made public, codes that can be easily used to connect the NIN with SIM registration. See guideline below:
MTN– Dial *785# or visit myMTNApp
Airtel– Dial *121*1# and to know your NIN, dial *346#
Glo– Send ‘’UpdateNIN NIN FirstName LastName’’ to 109. For example “UPDATENIN 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-Ola.’’
9mobile– Dial *200*8# or Visit 9mobile.com.ng/nin
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