The ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercises have been extended by the federal government until June 30.
According to reports, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami gave instructions after a virtual meeting with NCC Chairman Adeolu Akande; Omar Garba Dambatta, NCC Executive Vice President and NIMC CEO Aliyu Azeez.
This was confirmed in a statement signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, Public Relations Director of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Nearly 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers were found to have obtained their NIN numbers.
Read in the statement;
“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 citizens and legal residents to register.
“Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines.”
Noting that the NIN is similar to the social security number and national insurance number in the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively, the ministry stressed the importance of using public services under Sections 27 and 29 of the NIMC Act. ‘he shrugged. 2007.
Added in the statement;
“The much awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.
“Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.
“The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
“Dr Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise. He again reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.”