…As enrollment hits 54 million
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has extended the ongoing National Identification Number, (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), integration exercise has been extended till June 30, 2021.
The extension was contained in an issued statement jointly signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde; and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke.
Pantami was also said to have disclosed that 54 million Nigerians have obtained their NIN.
The statement was titled: ‘NIN Enrolment Reaches 54 Million as FG Approves 30th of June as NIN-SIM Verification Deadline’.
It said the decision was taken at a virtual meeting attended by Pantami, as well as the NCC Chairman, Adeolu Akande; the Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of the NCC, Umar Dambatta; and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Aliyu Azeez.
Recall that on December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.
It later extended the December 30, 2020 deadline following widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and gave three weeks’ extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021.
It further gave six weeks’ extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021, and further issued an eight weeks extension on February 2, 2021, but many organisations had called for a further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration process.