FG extends NIN-SIM integration deadline by 8 Weeks

The Federal Government has announced the extension of the National Identity Number (NIN) and SIM card integration exercise by 8 weeks with April 6, 2021, as the new deadline. This is the second extension of the exercise.

The new date was made known by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in a meeting with the ministerial taskforce on NIN-SIM integration, reported by the NIMC.

In the report, it was disclosed that 56.18 million NINs have been collected so far by mobile network operators.

NIMC also said 1,060 registration centers have been activated for NIN exercise while mobile network operators have opened hundreds of centers.

The Minister advised 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.

NIMC stated that President Buhari expressed his satisfaction with the progress made regarding the NIN-SIM linkage and praised the Minister for their roles.

Recall that it was reported last month that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has insisted that the earlier announced deadlines for the integration of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) with valid National Identification Numbers (NIN), still stand, as it awaited advice from the Federal Government.

The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) disclosed that it has licensed telecommunications companies to register applicants who do not have National Identity Numbers (NIN).

Sections 27 and 29 of the National identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of a NIN for transactions including application and issuance of a passport.


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