FG Extends NIN-SIM Registration to May 6

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantam has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari,has endorsed the extension of the NIN-SIM extension to May 6, 2021 in order to enable more Nigerians to register, as failure may warrant the blockage of their SIM cards.

In a statement jointly signed on Friday, 2nd April by both the Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke.  Dr Ikechukwu Adinde of NCC and Kayode Adegoke of NIMC, the current number of monthly enrollments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations as there have also been remarkable increase in the numbers of enrollment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrollments.

The statement said that based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs and many people who have enrolled are in the process of being assigned NINs.

The deadline was actually pegged for April 6, 2021 before the new announcement. The statement reads; 

“The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. 

“With each individual having an average of 3 to 4 SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country.

“The Chairman of the EFCC addressed the meeting and stated that the NIN-SIM linkage would support the Federal Government in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals.  The Honourable Minister noted the importance of obtaining feedback from all stakeholders in order to ensure that the NIN-SIM linkage process is one that cannot easily be compromised.”


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