NIN enrolments exceed 71m as FG extends SIM verification till March 2022

The Federal Government has extended the verification of the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) to National Identification Numbers (NIN) of GSM users in the country till March next year.

This is coming just as the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has announced that no fewer than 70 million Nigerians have been registered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) into its data base.

These form the basis of a joint statement issued by the NIMC and the National Communications Commission (NCC) on Friday.

The statement which was obtained by DAILY RIPPLES was jointly signed by the spokesmen of the two organisations, Dr. Ike Adinde (NCC) and Kayode Adegoke (NIMC).

According to the statement, “The Federal Government wishes to convey the approval of the Federal Government to further extend the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 31st of March, 2022.

“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.” The statement reads in part.

The statement added that efforts are being made to capture Nigerians abroad as the NIMC has set up enrolment centres in over 31 countries to cater for Nigerians in the Diaspora.

Appraising the efforts of the two agencies, the statement adds that “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.”

While stating that the extension granted Nigerians for the linkage of their SIMs and NIN followed request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora, the statement added that the extension would enable the Federal Government to consolidate the gains of the process and accelerate the enrolment of Nigerians.

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