Following a Ministerial Task Force meeting, the federal government (FG) has again extended the deadline for NIN-SIM data linkage.
The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021.
According to a joint statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), President Muhammadu Buhari approved and endorsed the extension when the need for it was presented to him.
“Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs. There are many people, who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs. With each individual having an average of 3 to 4 SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would be close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country.
“The current number of monthly enrolments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations. There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrolments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline,” the statement reads