Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos
The Nigerian Government has announced a further extension of the registration of the National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise until June 30, 2021.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, and Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke on Monday.
The NIN extension was granted based on stakeholders’ request and in order to give Nigerians more time to register.
The statement read in part: “The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for all Nigerians and legal residents to continue registration.
“The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.”
He reiterated the government’s commitment to ease the pains of the Nigerians with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration as telecoms open more centres across the country.
This is the fifth time the government will extend the NIN-SIM linkage exercise after the May 6 deadline was earlier issued by the commission.
So far about 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have obtained their NIN, according to the Commission.