The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline of NIN-SIM registration exercise till June 30. This was disclosed by Minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, in a statement signed by the Director of public affairs Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke on Monday.
According to the statement, the extension of the ongoing exercise was as a result of requests by stakeholders in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register. Since the exercise, 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have obtained their NIN.
Part of the statement read: “The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for all Nigerians and legal residents to continue registration.
“The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
“Dr. Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
“He again reiterated government’s commitment to continually take decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.”
The National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise which was first announced in mid-December 2020 has been extended five times. The Minister of communications and digital economy ,Isa Pantami, firstly approved the extension of the deadline from December 30, 2020 to January 19, 2021 for subscribers with the National Identification Number (NIN); On February 1 2021, it was extended by 8 weeks, with April 6 2021 as its deadline. From April, it was then extended to 6th May, 2021.