The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment and linkage SIM to June 30, 2021.
A statement signed by the head of Corporate Communications (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke and Director of Public Affairs (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde made available to journalists in Abuja, on Tuesday, confirmed the decision.
The extension followed virtual meeting presided by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and attended by the chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Adeolu Akande.
The statement reads in part: “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 3 to 4 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.
“It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of National Identity Number for accessing several government services. This is 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.
“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.”
The minister also thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.