The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise till June 30, according to Pantami.
This extension was contained in a mandate issued by Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy via a statement jointly signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Pantami explained that the extension was due to the request by stakeholders in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
This extension is coming two days before the May 6 deadline earlier announced by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government said 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have obtained their NIN.
The statement partly reads,
“The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 30th of June, 2021.
“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.
“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.”
Pantami thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens; with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.