The federal government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to October 31, 2021.
The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.
A statement from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), a copy of which was made available to LEADERSHIP on Sunday, said the decision 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, NIMC said there were 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 presidency, it added, 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, advising the unregistered Nigerians 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,” it stressed.
Pointing out that there are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN, it added that, “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 minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the federal government, commended the Kano State government and other States that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.
“The Federal Government is also excited at the news that the use of NIN in the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam significantly reduced the challenge of exam malpractice,” he said.
The minister appreciated 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 Dambatta, and the director-general/CEO of National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), Engr Aliyu Azeez, urged citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31, 2021 deadline.