FG extends NIN-SIM verification to 2022 as enrolments exceed 71m

FG extends NIN-SIM verification to 2022 as enrolments exceed 71m
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The federal government has extended the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to March 31, 2022.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, was quoted as announcing the extension of the date.

According to the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian National Communications, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and  Head of Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, in a statement, stakeholders had applauded the government on the significant growth in the number of NIN enrolments and the increased drive to enlighten Nigerians and legal residents across the country.

They said as of December 30, 2021, the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, had issued over 71 million with over 14,000 enrolment centres set up across the country.

Furthermore, they  said, the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, had also set up enrolment centres in over 31 countries to cater for Nigerians in the Diaspora.

It was said that the unprecedented growth in the National Identity Database to over 71 million unique NINs in such a short period, with about 3 to 4 SIMs linked to a NIN, reflected the concerted effort of the federal government, the Nigerian populace and legal residents and that was truly commendable.

They said following the request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora, the federal government had extended the deadline of the exercise to the 31st of March, 2022.

The extension, it was said, 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, it was said, had however implored Nigerians and legal residents to enrol for their NINs and link with their SIMs during this period of extension as more services would be requiring the NIN for identification.

He also reiterated the commitment of the federal government to support the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC in ensuring that the objectives of the exercise were achieved.

The minister, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz, were, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, quoted as thanking all Nigerians and stakeholders for their commitment and support towards the success of the project.

They also applauded the efforts of the respective staff in ensuring a seamless NIN-SIM linkage and urged citizens and legal residents to complete the process of enrolment, verification, and SIM linkage on or before March 31, 2022.