The Federal Government has once again extended the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification.
In a statement jointly signed by the Head of Corporate Communications, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ike Adinde and Director of Public Affairs National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke said the approval was conveyed to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami.
The new deadline is 31st of March, 2022.
According to the statement, the stakeholders in the sector have also applauded the Nigerian Government on the significant growth in the number of NIN enrolments and the increased drive to enlighten Nigerians and legal residents across the country.
“As of 30th December 2021, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over seventy-one million (71m) NINs with over fourteen-thousand (14,000) enrolment centres set up across the country.
“Furthermore, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also set up enrolment centres in over thirty-one (31) countries to cater for Nigerians in the Diaspora.
“The unprecedented growth in the National Identity Database to over 71 million unique NINs in such a short period, with about 3 to 4 SIMs linked to a NIN, reflects the concerted effort of the Federal Government, the Nigerian populace and legal residents and this is truly commendable.
“Following the request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora, the Federal Government has extended the deadline of the exercise to the 31st of March, 2022.
This extension would enable the Federal Government to consolidate the gains of the process and accelerate the enrolment of Nigerians in key areas like the remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, and the registration of legal residents”.