The federal government has extended the data verification deadline for the National Identity Number (NIN) Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) to October 31.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Public Affairs Director Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and the National Identity Management Committee (NIMC) Corporate Communications Director Kayode Adegoke in Abuja on Sunday.

They said the decision was made after stakeholders requested registration in remote areas that are difficult to access, foreigners, and diplomatic missions residing overseas.

According to officials, the extension is also to solve the problem of low enrollment rates in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrollment statistics.

 

They, however, hinted that there were presently a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of three to four SIMs per NIN in the country.

 

According to them, the decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicates significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country.

“As at July 24, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this will significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.

 

“The government has approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.

 

“The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required.

 

“With the great number of enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, every citizen, legal resident and Nigerian citizens living in diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs”.

 

The statement also said that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami commended the Kano State government and other states that had made NIN a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.

 

Pantami appreciated Nigerians for their patience and compliance with Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration.

 

“The federal government is excited about the use of NIN in the Joint Admissions and Admissions Board (JAMB) exam process, which greatly reduces the challenge of bad exam practices,” Pantami said. The statement also quoted the NCC Executive Vice President Professor.

Umar Danbatta and NIMC Director General Aliyu Azeez urge citizens and legal residents to ensure that they seize the opportunity to complete the registration and verification process before the October 31 deadline.

By Scopie

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