Again, FG extends NIN-SIM linkage deadline to June 30

The federal government has once again extended the registration and linking of SIM cards with National Identity Number (NIN) to June 30, 2021.
This is contained in a joint statement released by the media department of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The extension, the federal government said, was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami and attended by the officials of NCC and NIMC).

The minister said the postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension until June 30 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

“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,” Pantami said.

The government said the much awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolment.

"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 said.

The federal government had on December 2020 declared that by the end of that Month all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.

The announcement had caused pandemonium with Nigerians overcrowding NIN registration centres despite the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then the federal government has been extending the deadline.

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