Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has again extended the ongoing National Identification Number NIN and Subscriber Identity Module SIM linkage exercise till 30th of June 2021, just as the May 6th deadline is about elapsing.
This was made known in a statement jointly signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission NIMC, Kayode Adegoke.
According to the statement, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN, which can translate that up to 190 million mobile numbers have been linked. Adding that the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make the linkage possible, the statement announced that the much awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment.
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“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”, the statement reads.“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. It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of National Identity Number for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.
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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”, the statement added.
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