Nigeria Extends NIN-SIM Verification Till June 30

The Federal Government has again extended the deadline for the verification of Data on NIN-SIM to June 30.

This was as a result of the resolution reached at the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, and attended by the 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), Aliyu Azeez.

A statement jointly signed by both the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ike Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, on Tuesday, explained that “the postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till June 30 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

The earlier deadline was June 6, but that has been extended by another three weeks.

Meanwhile, the statement informed that significant progress has 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. The much-awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.

Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.

On December 15, 2020, th federal government declared that after December 30, 2020, all sims that were not registered with NIN would be blocked.

It later extended it to January 19 2021 from December 30, 2020.

It gave six weeks' extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020 to February 9 2021 and further issued an eight weeks extension on February 2, 2021 but many stakeholders have called for further extension or total suspension of the NIN registration process.

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