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Why FG extended NIN-SIM verification deadline to October 31, 2021 - ITREALMS


The Federal Government has adduced some reasons on why the deadline for the National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification was moved to October 31, 2021, reports ITREALMS.
According to source close to the two federal agencies, namely the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), revealed that the focus has now shifted to remote, hard-to-reach areas, schools, and health centres.
Also, affirming this in a joint press statement available to ITREALMSDirector, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and Head, Corporate Communications at NIMC, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, noted that the decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.

"The decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country," they stated.

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

As said by them, the administration of the Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired,  approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for the 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 the 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.

There are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. 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 Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government, commended the Kano State government and other states that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.

The Federal Government is also excited at the news that the use of NIN in the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam significantly reduced the challenge of exam malpractice.

The Minister, on behalf of the Federal Government, appreciated Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.

The duo of Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Azeez, were quoted as urging citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31 deadline.

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