The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced a new deadline for data verification of the National Identity Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), extending the exercise to October 31, 2021.
The information is contained in a statement jointly endorsed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Kayode Adegoke, on Sunday July 25, 2021, at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The decision according to the officials, was in response to the earlier request put forward by stakeholders on the need to accommodate the registration of people dwelling in the locals, including foreigners and diplomatic missions in diaspora.
They emphasized that the extension will equally help to address the experience of low enrollment across schools and hospitals as proved by enrollment statistics.
In their revealed analysis, they stated that at present, a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrollments have been undertaken in Nigeria, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN across the country.
The decision according to the officials was also in line with the review of the progress made so far during the exercise, indicating a significant improvement and the need to consolidate the gains of the enrollment alongside the NIN-SIM verification process round the country.
While quoting the Honorable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, on his commendation of Kano State government and other states in making sure that the exercise got across to schools and other important services, the officials urged Nigerians to make wise use of the opportunity and ensure they complete the process of enrollment and verification before the October 31 2021, deadline.
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