The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number, (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) by 8 weeks, with a new deadline of April 6, 2021.
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami made the disclosure at the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration.
This development was made in a joint statement signed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, and the National Identity Management Commission.
The Minister said the extension is meant to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM.
“Over 1060 registration centres for NIN have been activated and made operational by NIMC across the country. While Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opened hundreds of centres, and are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country.”
He said this is in line with the policy of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to enhance security and make the process of obtaining NINs easier for Nigerians.
“It was reported that a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the mobile network operators. Each NIN is usually tied to an average of 3 to 4 SIMs and this infers that the current figure accounts for a significant portion of the existing SIMs.
This number of NINs collected represents a significant increase when compared with the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on January 18, 2021.”
The Minister further said there is need for Nigerians and legal residents who are yet to register for the NIN to be diligent and take advantage of the extension to enroll for their NIN and link with their SIMs.
“We applaud all Nigerians and persons of other nationalities for their understanding, cooperation and for enthusiastically participating in the exercise.”
The Honourable Minister also commended the efforts of NIMC, NCC, MNOs and all other relevant government and private sector organisations for their unflinching support towards the success of the exercise.
The Honourable minister implored applicants to follow the safety guidelines at all the NIN enrolment centers and ensure compliance with the booking system in place.
“The protocol is in line with the Executive Order on COVID-19, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 27th of January 2021, in keeping with the provisions of the Quarantine Act 2004.
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 transactions, including application and issuance of a passport, opening of personal bank accounts, purchase of insurance policies, voter registration, obtaining credit, among others”.