The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have approved an extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26, 2021.
The NCC and the NIMC made this pronouncement on Tuesday, July 29, via a statement signed jointly by the Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications of the NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke.
According to the agencies, the decision to extend the deadline was reached after a request by stakeholders on the needs to consolidate enrolment; and the NIN-SIM verification process.
Further, they added the development followed the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country.
The NIN-SIM linkage by Nigerians has hit 57.3 million.
Specifically, the statement reads: “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…It is important to take advantage of the extension. T
”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.
”Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
“The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta; and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents; to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification.”
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto on Monday, June 28, disclosed that there is enough oil in the North; that can address poverty as well as unemployment in the country.
Equally important, this comment by the Sultan came in the wake of moves by the National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill; which informed the meeting of the members of the House of Representatives from the North; with leaders from the region regarding their stance on the bill.
Also at the meeting, the issue of exploration of oil in the North was at the forefront; as the Sultan called for more exploration of oil in the north.
“We continue to talk about poverty, unemployment, and the attendant insecurity; while we are sitting on billions of barrels of Hydrocarbon from Sokoto Basin to Chad Basin; and from Gongola to Bida and Benue Trough Basins untapped.
“We should have a PIB that will encourage massive hydrocarbon exploration in those Frontier Basins; a PIB that will attract foreign investors to bring their funds and develop the resources,” the Sultan said.