The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has announced an extension for the National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to March 31, 2022.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over seventy-one million (71m) NINs with over fourteen thousand (14,000) enrolment centres set up across the country.
Furthermore, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also set up enrolment centres in over thirty-one (31) countries to cater for Nigerians in the Diaspora. The unprecedented growth in the National Identity Database to over 71 million unique NINs in such a short period, with about 3 to 4 SIMs linked to a NIN, reflects the concerted effort of the Federal Government, the Nigerian populace and legal residents and this is truly commendable.
In a statement on Friday in Abuja signed by Dr. Ike Adinde,
Director, Public Affairs
Nigerian Communications Commission, and Mr. Kayode Adegoke,
Head of Corporate Communications,
National Identity Management Commission, the duo said the extension followed the request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora. “This extension would enable the Federal Government to consolidate the gains of the process and accelerate the enrolment of Nigerians in key areas like the remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, and the registration of legal residents,” the statement reads.
The minister implored Nigerians and legal residents to enrol for their NINs and link with their SIMs during this period of the extension as more services will be requiring the NIN for identification.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to support the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in ensuring that the objectives of the exercise are achieved.