Breaking : Federal Government Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline by 8 Weeks

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Federal Government Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline by 8 Weeks 

Th Federal Government announced on Tuesday morning, that the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise has been extended by eight weeks.

The new deadline is now April 6, 2021, it said.

Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, who disclosed this to our correspondent in a WhatsApp message, said the extension was transmitted by Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

During the Ministerial Task Force meeting on NIN-SIM registration, held on 1 February 2021, Pantami conveyed the message.

Breaking : Federal Government Extends Nin-Sim Linkage Deadline By 8 Weeks

Federal Government Extends Nin-Sim Linkage Deadline By 8 Weeks

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PRESS STATEMENT Reads;

Federal Government Lauds Citizens, Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline by 8 Weeks

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, 2021. This message was conveyed by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. Dr. Isa Ali ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIM during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 14 of February, 2021. Dr Pantami stated that the extension is to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM.

The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Minister and attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON). Others include the MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile, Ntel, Spectranet and SMILE. as well as the COO of Globacom.

It was reported that a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the

mobile network operators. Each NIN is 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. 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.

Furthermore, over 1060 registration centres for NIN have been activated and made operational by NIMC across the country, while Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opened hundreds of centres and are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country. This is in line with the policy of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance security and make the process of obtaining NINS easier for Nigerians. The CEOs of the Telcos and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed

Telecommunications Organisation of Nigeria commended the Honourable

Minister for his stellar leadership and commitment to the rapid development
of the sector.

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. It would be recalled that the 4th of February, 2020 was the initial date of the commencement of the National NIN-SIM Registration Policy.

The Federal Government of Nigeria applauds all Nigerians and persons of

other nationalities for their understanding, cooperation and for

enthusiastically participating in the exercise, The Honourable Minister also

commended the efforts of NIMC, NCC, MNOS and all other relevant

government and private sector organisations for their unflinching support

towards the success of the exercise. President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his satisfaction with the progress made regarding the NIN-SIM linkage and commended the Honourable Minister and all stakeholders for their roles. He encouraged citizens to take advantage of the extension to fully participate in the process.

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The Honourable minister implores applicants to follow the safety guidelines at all the NIN enrolment centers and ensure compliance with the booking system in place. This protocol is in line with the Executive Order on COVID 19 2020 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 27th of January 2021, in keeping with the provisions of the Quarantine Act 2004. 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 transactions, including application and

issuance of a passport, opening of personal bank accounts. purchase of

insurance policies, voter registration, obtaining credit among others.

Signed:

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde

Director Public Affairs

Nigerian Communications Commission

February 1, 202)

Mr. Kayode Adegoke

Head Corporate Communications Nigeria Identity Management Commission.

# Federal Government Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline by 8 Weeks


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