Federal Government of Nigeria New Deadline For NIN-SIM Integration

The Federal Government of Nigeria has added 8 weeks to the initial deadline for Nigerians to link their NIN to their SIM.

The new deadline is now April 8, 2021.

Joint statement issued by Director Public Affairs, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke, the extension conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on Monday.

The boss Federal Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said the it was necessary to extend the deadline to enable Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with their SIM.

Dr. Pantami chaired the meeting and attended by stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON). Others include the MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile, Ntel, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Globacom.

It was stated in the meeting that over 56.18 million NINs have so far been collected by mobile network operators.

“Each NIN is usually tied to an average of 3 to 4 SIMs and this infers that the current figure accounts for a significant portion of the existing SIMs.

“This number of NINs collected represents a significant increase when compared with the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on January 18, 2021,” Dr. Pantami said.

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The minister disclosed that that over 1060 operational NIN registration center have been activated and functional for the registration. while Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opened hundreds of centres and are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country.

The minister said that this is to fulfill the policy of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance security and ease the way of obtaining NIN by Nigerians.

Dr. Pantami reminds Nigerians and legal residents of the need to take advantage of the extension to obtain and link their NIN with SIM.

He reiterated the need to follow the safety guidelines in the enrollment centre.

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He thanked all Nigerians and persons of other nationalities for their understanding, cooperation and enthusiasm in participating in the exercise, the Minister also commended the efforts of NIMC, NCC, MNOs and all other relevant government and private sector organisations for their unflinching support towards the success of the exercise.

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