The federal government has extended the National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration by eight weeks until April 6, 2021.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami disclosed this during the meeting of the ministerial taskforce on NIN-SIM registration, which was held on Monday, a statement yesterday said.
The minister said the extension was to enable Nigerians and legal residents to finish the process.
The meeting was chaired by the minister and attended stakeholders, including heads of agencies in the telecom sectors and the operators.
It was reported that 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the mobile network operators. Each NIN is tied to an average of three to four SIMs and this infers that the current figure accounts for a significant portion of the existing SIMs.
The figure represents a significant increase when compared with the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on January 18, 2021.
Over 1,060 registration centres for NIN are now operated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) while Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opened hundreds of centres for easier SIM linking.
The minister implored applicants to follow the safety guidelines at all the NIN enrolment centres and ensure compliance with the booking system in place.
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