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FG extends NIN-SIM linkage deadline to March 31, as enrolments hit 71m

The federal government has again extended the deadline for subscribers to link their SIMs with their National Identification Number (NIN) to March 31. This came as the earlier deadline expired yesterday, December 31, 20201.


The government had come up with the mandatory NIN-SIM linkage exercise on December 9, 2020, with a deadline of December 31st, 2020 for all subscribers to comply or get blocked from the networks.


It has, however, extended the deadline several times since then.


Announcing the latest extension in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and the  Head of Corporate Communications of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Kayode Adegoke, government said the extension followed requests by stakeholders.


“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 remote areas, Diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, and the registration of legal residents.”


It added that the stakeholders have also applauded the 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 71 million NINs with over 14,000 enrolment centres set up across the country,” it disclosed.


“Furthermore, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also set up enrolment centres in over 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 three to four SIMs linked to a NIN, reflects the concerted effort of the Federal Government, the Nigerian populace and legal residents and this is truly commendable

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