FEDERAL Government, through Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy today announced the extension of deadline for NIN-SIM linkage and verification by eight weeks, till June 30, 2021.
The extension, which was disclosed in a jointly signed statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), is said to be because of requests by stakeholders so as to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
The meeting, which was chaired by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, was attended by the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Dambatta, the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Azeez, amongst others.
“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. The much awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments” the statement read in part.