NIN: FG Extends SIM Connection Deadline for the 8th time

The federal government has again extended the deadline for phone users to link their lines with their National Identity Numbers (NIN).

The deadline was to elapse on Sunday October 31, but the government has moved it to end of the year.

This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the spokespersons of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde, and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke.

It is the eighth time the government would shift the deadline for the registration since it mandated compulsory registration and linkage in December 2020.

“The decision to extend the deadline was made further to appeals by the Mobile Network Operators and other industry stakeholders, soliciting for a further extension to ensure better compliance with government’s directive and to avoid widening the digital divide,” the statement said.

“The extension would also provide the enabling environment for the registration of Nigerians in remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, as well as foreigners, diplomatic missions, those in other areas that were hitherto unreachable, and increase enrolments in countries with a significant number of Nigerians.”

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It said the review of the progress of the exercise indicated that over 66 million unique National Identity Numbers (NIN) had been issued- an indication of progress achieved in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage.

“However, a significant part of the populace is yet to be registered into the National Identity Database (NIDB), which may be due to some challenges which the Federal Government has looked into and has made efforts to alleviate, hence the need to extend the deadline,” it said.

It said as of October 30, there were over 9,500 enrolment systems and over 8,000 NIN enrolment centres within and outside the country- this has significantly eased the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.

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