FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Deadline to October 31, 2021
The Federal Government has extended the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021.
A joint signed statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission,
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke indicates that the decision was informed by request of stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora as well as address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.
According to the statement, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari 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.
It added that the decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country.
As at July 24, 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 linkage process according to the statement will also make it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties of which relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required.
There is now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, every citizen, legal resident, and Nigerian citizens living in diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs.
The Federal Government is also excited at the news that the use of NIN in the conduct of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination significantly reduced the challenge of examination malpractice.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, commended Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
Similarly, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31 deadline.