The deadline for linking Sim cards to National Identity Number NIN has been extended from April to 6 May, 2021 by the Federal Government.
Disclosing this in a meeting in Abuja, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy stated that President Buhari endorsed the extension.
The Minister went on further to say:
“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 close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country. The current number of monthly enrollments 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 enrollments . There are also many more new centres in the pipeline,”
In attendance at the meeting where:
EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Representative of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).
Others included the NCC Executive Commissioners Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo.