The Federal Government has disclosed that it is ready to enforce the implementation of its National Identification Number–Subscriber Identity Module policy as the deadline for the verification exercise ended on Thursday.
This was contained in a joint statement titled, ‘Federal Government Urges Citizens to Link NIN to SIM without Delay,’ signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde; and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke.
However, telecommunication subscribers have been given a couple of days to ensure that their SIMs are linked to their NINs.
The statement said, “The general public would recall that the Federal Government approved an extension of the NIN-SIM linkage deadline to the 31st of March, 2022.
“In preparation for the enforcement, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami urges citizens and legal residents to use the next few days to ensure that they complete the linkage.
“To this end, the Honourable Minister has further directed that NIMC should offer enrolment services round-the-clock for the next few days. Prof Pantami also thanks all those who have completed their NIN-SIM linkage.
“On behalf of the Honourable Minister, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, urges citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the window to complete the process of enrolment and verification within the next few days.”
The Federal Government had extended the deadline for the SIM-NIN verification exercise from December 31, 2021, to March 31, 2022.