The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification (linkage) to the 30th of June, 2021.
According to a statement jointly signed by Director, Public Affairs Nigerian Communications Commission Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke, the extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and attended by following officials- Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Azeez.
They said the postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June, 2021 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
Adinde and Adegoke also stated that significant progress had 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 three to four phone lines,” they said.
They stated that the much-awaited Android enrolment system was now ready for deployment and this had the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.
Adinde and Adegoke said the telecom providers and other enrolment agents had also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.
They said Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provided for the mandatory use of NIN for accessing several government services.
This they said was similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.
Adinde and Adegoke said 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 was important to take advantage of the extension.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
He again reiterated government’s commitment to continually take decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regards to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.