The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM data verification until 31st October 2021. The reason for the extension was as a result of requests made by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora, addressing low enrolments in schools and hospitals.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Identity Management, Mr Kayode Adegoke and Dr Ikechukwu Adinde of the Nigerian Communications Commission, who jointly made this disclosure on Saturday, “As at July 24th, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM,” the statement read.
“The administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
“The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required”.
According to the statement, there are more than 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country which would ease the NIN enrolment process and linkage of NIN to SIM; also, there are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN.
The NIN-SIM linkage makes it easier for security agencies to carry out their duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required, Ikechukwu noted in the statement.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami was also quoted in the statement when he commended the Kano State Government and other States that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.
Pantami expressed excitement over NIN being part of the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board exam to significantly reduce exam malpractice. He appreciated Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.