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Why FG Extended NIN-SIM Linkage

The Federal Government (FG) has extended the deadline for linking Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) to National Identification Number (NIN) from June 30 to July 26.

The deadline has now been shifted for about seven times. The first deadline was December 30, 2020, two weeks after the exercise began.

The new deadline was announced in a statement jointly signed by the Public Affairs Director, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and the Head of Corporate Affairs, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke.

According to the statement, the decision was sequel to a request by stakeholders that the exercise be extended following the increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country. Only 800 enrollment systems were available when the process began. 5,410 are now available.

According to NIMC, there are now a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments with about three to four SIMs linked to each NIN.

The statement noted that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, commends Nigerians for complying with the Federal Government’s directive on the exercise and urged those yet to do so to utilize the opportunity of the deadline extension.

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