The ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise has been extended by 8 weeks, with a new deadline of April 6.
In a joint statement released by the Nigeria Communications commission, NCC and the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration stated that the extension is to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM.
The statement indicates that a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the mobile network operators so far with Each NIN 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.
The release also indicates that 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 while over 1060 registration centres for NIN have been activated and made operational by NIMC across the country, with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opening hundreds of centres and are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country.
Dr. Pantami reiterated the 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.
Meanwhile the statements says President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the progress made regarding the NIN-SIM linkage and commended the Honourable Minister and all stakeholders.