The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has announced the approval of the Federal Government to extend the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 31st of March, 2022.
Various stakeholders have lauded the Government on the significant growth in the number of NIN enrolments and the increased drive to enlighten Nigerians and legal residents across the country of the importance of SIM-NIN linkage.
As of 30th December 2021, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over seventy-one million (71m) NINs with over fourteen thousand (14,000) enrolment centres established across the Federation.
Furthermore, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also set up enrolment centres in over thirty-one (31) countries to cater for Nigerians in the diaspora.
Following the request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora, the Federal Government has extended the deadline of the exercise to the 31st of March, 2022. This extension would enable the Federal Government to consolidate the gains of the process and accelerate the enrolment of Nigerians in key areas like the remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, and the registration of legal residents.
The Honourable Minister,has,however asked Nigerians and other legal residents to enrol for their NINs and link with their SIMs during this period of extension as more services will be requiring the NIN for identification.
He also reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to support the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in ensuring that the objectives of the exercise are achieved.
The Honourable Minister, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, thanked all Nigerians and stakeholders for their commitment and support towards the success of the project.
They also applauded the efforts of the respective staff in ensuring an effortless NIN-SIM linkage, while, they urged citizens and legal residents to complete the process of enrolment, verification, and SIM linkage on or before 31st March 2022.