The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification from June 30th to July 26, 2021.
It has equally increased enrolment systems for the registration of National Identification Number (NIN) to 5,410 across the country.
In a joint statement released Tuesday by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), and signed by the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and the Head, Corporate Communications at NIMC, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, they explained that 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 the statement, “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. It is worthy of note that there were only about 800 such enrolment systems as at December 2020. 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. There are now a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments, with 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 Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the federal government, thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with 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, Aliyu Azeez, called on citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification.