For the second time, the Federal Government of Nigeria has extended deadline for the National Identification Number and Subscriber Identification Module integration.
The new deadline is June 30, 2021. Before the new development, the deadline was May 6.
The new date was disclosed in a statement co-signed by Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde; and Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke.
According to the statement, the postponement was based on the request by stakeholders for further extension of the process to allow more citizens and legal residents register.
“Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to three to four phone lines,” the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was quoted to have said.
The statement added that more centres had been opened across the states by telecom providers and agents to ease the enrolment process.
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