The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for the National Identification Number -Subscriber Identity Module, NIN-SIM data verification untill July, 26, 2021.
Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, in a statement signed by Dr IKechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs and Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, said the extention followed requests made by stakeholders.
The federal government also approved the increase in enrolment system to 5, 410.
“The decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country.
“As at June 28, 2021, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems are now available across the country as against 800 before and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.
The federal government had 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.
It said that there were a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN.
With the great number of enrolment centres across the country, every citizen and legal resident should be able to obtain their NINs,” the statement said.
It quoted the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantai saying, the Federal Government, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with its directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.