The Nigerian government has extended the deadline for the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and subscriber identity module (SIM) linkage from May 6th, 2021, to June 30th.
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The directive for the extension was made by Dr Isa Pantami, the Nigerian Minister of communications and digital economy following a virtual meeting with the Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Adeolu Akande, the executive vice president of the NCC, Umar Garba Dambatta, and the director-general of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Azeez.
This information was made public through a joint statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, and the NIMC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke.
The statement disclosed that so far, close to 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have gotten their NIN.
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Part of the statement reads:
‘The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register. Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines.’
Further, the statement revealed that in a bid to make the process easier, telecommunication providers and enrolment agents have opened numerous centres across the nation as the government is making efforts to ensure that eligible citizens and residents obtain their NINs.
‘Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs. The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.’
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