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Nigeria Government has approved the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number(NIN) -Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)data verification to 30th of June 2021. 

According to a joint statement by Director of Public Affairs, Nigeria Communications Commission(NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke, a significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. The postponement of the deadline was based on the request by telecom stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.  

Since the commencement of NIN-SIM verification process, ”54Million people have obtained their NIN and this translate up to 190million mobile numbers since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines. The much a waited Android enrollment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrollments. 

“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.

“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.

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