The federal government has extended the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 31st of March, 2022.
A statement jointly signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Kayode Adegoke, Hhead, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), stated that the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) conveyed the approval of the federal government to extend the deadline.
The statement noted that stakeholders have applauded the federal government on the significant growth in the number of NIN enrolments and the increased drive to enlighten Nigerians and legal residents across the country.
As of 30th December 2021, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 71 million NINs with over 14,000) enrolment centres set up across the country.
Furthermore, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also set up enrolment centres in over 31 countries to cater for Nigerians in the Diaspora. The unprecedented growth in the National Identity Database to over 71 million unique NINs in such a short period, with about three to four SIMs linked to a NIN, reflects the concerted effort of the federal government, the Nigerian populace and legal residents and this is truly commendable.
Following the request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora, the federal government has extended the deadline of the exercise to the 31st of March, 2022.
This extension would enable the federal government to consolidate the gains of the process and accelerate the enrolment of Nigerians in key areas like the remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, and the registration of legal residents.
The minister has, however, implored Nigerians and legal residents to enrol for their NINs and link with their SIMs during this period of extension as more services will be requiring the NIN for identification. He also reiterated the commitment of the federal government to support the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the NIMC in ensuring that the objectives of the exercise are achieved.
“The minister, the executive vice chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the director-general/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, on behalf of the federal government of Nigeria, wish to thank all Nigerians and stakeholders for their commitment and support towards the success of the project.
“They also applaud the efforts of the respective staff in ensuring a seamless NIN-SIM linkage and urge citizens and legal residents to complete the process of enrolment, verification, and SIM linkage on or before 31st March 2022,” the statement added.