The deadline for the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise has been extended till June 30, 2021.
The announcement of the extension was made in a statement on Tuesday through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
According to the statement, the extension was necessitated by requests from stakeholders so as to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
The statement read in part: “The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
“Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 Million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 Million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines.
“The much awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.
“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.
“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”.