FG To Announce Deadline For Nigerians To Link Their NIN To Their Bank Accounts
The federal government has revealed plans to issue a deadline for Nigerians to link National Identity Numbers (NINs) to their bank accounts.
Issa Bantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, revealed this to reporters after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the state headquarters in Abuja.
He revealed that NIN would be used to replace the Bank Verification Number (BVN) because the latter was not backed by law.
Panatami had set last year between December 16 and 30, last year as a schedule for phone subscribers to link their Subscriber Identity Module known as SIM cards to their NINs. Failure to do so will deactivate the SIM cards.
After a protest by Nigerians over the timing of the directive that has crowded subscribers into the few registration centers of the National Identity Management Committee (NIMC) across the country in disregard for COVID-19 protocols, the National Task Force on the National Mission of Granting the Identification Number (NIN) and registering The SIM card is another extension.
Three weeks have been extended for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020 to January 19, 2021; A six-week extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021.
However, the federal government extended the deadline to April 6, 2021