Nigerian Government Okays June 30 Deadline For NIN-SIM Verification

  • As NIN Enrolment Hits 54 Million

By Angeline Mgbele, Correspondent Abuja

Again, the Nigerian Government has  green-lighted the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to June 30, 2021. 

According to a joint statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs(DPA) of the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications, of the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC) Kayode Adegoke, respectively, the extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and attended by  Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Adeolu Akande, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr Aliyu Azeez.

The shifting of the deadline, says the statement, was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for  all citizens and legal residents to register. 

It reads in part: “Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 Million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 Million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines. The much awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments. 

Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs. 

It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of National Identity Number for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.

The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.  Dr. Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.  He again reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.”

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