The Federal Government has approved a postponement of the NIN-SIM data verification timeline until July 26, 2021.
The Nigerian Communications Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission’s Head of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke, announced this in a joint statement on Monday titled “FG accepts July 26 as NIN-SIM verification deadline as enrolment systems increase to 5,410.”
The decision to extend the deadline was made in response to a request from stakeholders, according to the statement.
“The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26th, 2021,” according to the announcement.
“The decision to extend the deadline was made in response to a request from stakeholders regarding the necessity to combine the enrolling and NIN-SIM verification processes in light of the country’s rapid growth in the number of enrolment systems.
“As of June 28, 2021, there are a total of 5,410 enrolment systems available across the country, which will greatly simplify the NIN enrolment procedure and subsequent SIM linking. It’s worth noting that, as of December 2020, there were only roughly 800 such enrolment systems.
“The postponement was allowed by the federal government as part of its efforts to make it easier for citizens and residents to receive the NIN, and it is critical to take advantage of it.
“A total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments have been recorded, with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. Every citizen and legal resident should be able to get their NINs thanks to the large number of enrolling centers across the country.”
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, was described in the announcement as applauding Nigerians for their patience and adherence to the Federal Government’s order on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
It also mentioned Prof Umar Dambatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, and Aliyu Azeez, Director-General/CEO of NIMC, as advising citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the extension to finish the enrolment and verification process.