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Nigerian Government Extends Deadline For NIN-SIM Linkage

A crowd gathers on the NIMC workplace within the Alausa space of Lagos State on January 8, 2021.


The Federal Government has prolonged the deadline for the folks to hyperlink their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) by one month.

This was introduced on Friday in a press release collectively signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke.

An approval to increase the interval of the NIN-SIM linkage to May 6 was given on the assembly of the Ministerial Task Force on NIN-SIM information linkage held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The request for the extension was offered to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it, the assertion stated.

Based on the updates of the NIN-registration course of, the federal government famous that over 51 million folks have been assigned NINs

It added that there have been many individuals who’ve enrolled and have been within the means of being assigned NINs.

“With each individual having an average of three to four SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country. The current number of monthly enrollments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.

“There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrollments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline,” the assertion stated.

The assembly chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, was attended by varied stakeholders, together with the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Pantami, in his handle, famous the significance of acquiring suggestions from all stakeholders with a view to be certain that the NIN-SIM linkage course of was one that can’t simply be compromised.

He thanked Nigerians for his or her endurance and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration train.

The minister reiterated the federal government’s dedication to proceed taking selections aimed toward easing the pains of the residents with regard to points associated to NIN and SIM registration.

Bawa, in his handle, acknowledged that the NIN-SIM linkage would assist the Federal Government in checkmating the actions of fraudsters and cybercriminals.

Stakeholders who attended the assembly embody the heads of NCC, NIMC, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in addition to a consultant of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).

Others have been NCC Executive Commissioners Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, in addition to the MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet, SMILE, and the COO of Glo.

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