The Federal Government has accredited the extension of the deadline for National Identification Number (NIN) and SIM information verification to July 26.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on behalf of the Nigerian Government, has thanked Nigerians for his or her endurance and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration train.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, by way of a press release signed collectively signed by the Public Affairs Director, National Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Affairs, National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke.
The assertion famous that the federal authorities accredited the extension as a part of its effort to make it simpler for its residents and residents to acquire the NIN.
The earlier deadline would have lapsed on Wednesday, June 30.
According to the companies, no less than 57.3 million Nigerians have enrolled for the NIN, with a median of three to 4 SIMs per NIN.
“The 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,” the assertion mentioned.
The companies additionally famous that as of June 28, a complete of 5,410 enrolment techniques have been made accessible nationwide to “significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.
“It is worthy of note that there were only about 800 such enrolment systems as of December 2020.
“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.”
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Garba Dambatta, and the Director-General/CEO of that National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Azeez, additionally urged residents and authorized residents to ensure they use the chance to finish the method of enrolment and verification.
Meanwhile, some Nigerians have vowed to not hyperlink their SIM playing cards to their NINs, alleging that there’s a sinister motive behind the federal government initiative.
The grew to become stronger following the controversy round Pantami over his previous positions on actions of extremist teams, Al-Qaeda and Taliban, which he counseled.