NIN-SIM linkage gets new deadline

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the deadline for National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) data verification to July 26 from its June 30 earlier deadline.

This is the seventh time the Federal government is extending the deadline for the linking of Sims with the NIN. The first deadline was December 30, 2020, two weeks after the exercise started in the country.

The latest 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, 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.

The enrolment system was just 800 as at December 2020.

A statement jointly signed by the Public Affairs Director, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Affairs, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, on Tuesday, said the FG approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN.

According to the statement, with the great number of enrolment centers across the country, every citizen and legal resident should be able to obtain their NINs.

The statement reads: “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.

“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 centers across the country, every citizen and legal resident should be able to obtain their NINs.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.

“The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta, and the Director-General/CEO of that National Identity Management Commission, Engr Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification.”

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Also, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that only 57.3 million Nigerians have so far done their National Identity Management (NIN) registration out of 200 million population in the country.

The Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this at a workshop to co-create a Roadmap for a digital registration system as part of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System (CRVS) in Nigeria.

Aziz said that a strong national identity system was vital to building a viable economy and nation and called for intensive birth registrations by all in the country aimed at providing legal identity for all by 2030 in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

He said, “Birth registration will engender financial inclusion and improvement of welfare. Foundational identity is very important for National Planning.’’

The NIMC boss, who reiterated the imperatives of birth registrations, affirmed the determination of the commission to collaborate with the National Population Commission (NPC) in the actualization of the legal identification agenda.