The Federal Government has extended the deadline for NIN-SIM linkage under the Nigerian digital identity programme to July 26, 2021.
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, according to a joint statement by the Nigerian telecoms and identity management agencies.
“As at June 28, 2021, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems are now available across the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM”, according to the statement.
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There were only about 800 such enrolment systems as at December 2020, the statement says.
The Federal Government says it 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.
There are now a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments, with an average of 3 to 4 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 government says.
Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Communications and Digital Economy Minister, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
On their part, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, Nigerian Communications Commission Executive Vice Chairman, and Dr. Aliyu Azeez, National Identity Management Commission Director-General/CEO call on citizens and legal residents “to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification.”