The Federal Government of Nigeria has again extended the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 31st of October 2021.
Enrolment statistics showed that there have been low enrolments in schools and hospitals therefore the decision is to address this issue and also to consider the request made by stakeholders to address these areas and as well accommodate registrations from foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora, and hard-to-reach remote areas.
It was also reported that there were presented a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN in the country, and as of July 24, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside Nigeria.
According to the statement, the decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which has shown significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country.
According to a statement signed by Kayode Adegoke, Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, reads “The administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, 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 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 an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centers within and outside the country, and many more coming up, every citizen, legal resident, and Nigerian citizen living in the diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs.
“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.
“Similarly, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31 deadline.”
In the statement, The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami 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 Minister also appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.