*As enrolment systems increase to 5,410
The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26, 2021.
The decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country.
As at June 28, 2021, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems are now available across the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM. It is worthy of note that there were only about 800 such enrolment systems as at December 2020.
Government approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for the citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and called on the people to take advantage of the extension to do the needful. There are now a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centres across the country, every citizen and legal resident should be able to obtain their NINs.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, on behalf of the government, expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
A statement jointly signed by the director of public affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and the head of corporate communications, Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Kayode Adegoke respectively said the NCC executive vice chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the NIMC director-general, Engr. Aliyu Azeez, urged citizens and legal residents to make sure they used the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification.