In what seems to be a reflection of the realities on ground on the ongoing NIN-SIM verification exercise, the Federal Government has approved July 26, 2021as the new deadline for the completion of the exercise nationwide.
The Director, Public Affairs Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde and the Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke, gave the new date in a joint statement on Monday titled ‘FG approves July 26 as NIN-SIM verification deadline as enrolment systems increase to 5,410.’
According to the duo, the decision to further extend the deadline was made based on a request by stakeholders.
The statement read: “The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 26th of July, 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.
“The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its efforts to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
“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, was quoted as expressing his appreciation to Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
Similarly, the NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Aliyu Azeez, were also quoted as urging all Nigerians and legal residents in the country to make sure they availed themselves the opportunity offered by the extension to complete the processes of their NIN-SIM enrolment and verification.