The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the deadline for the ongoing National Identity Number-Subscriber Identification Module verification exercise to July 26, as enrolment systems hit 5,410.
The approval was made known in a statement on Tuesday, jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke.
It disclosed that the decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country.
“As at June 28, 2021, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems are now available across the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.
“It is worthy of note that there were only about 800 such enrolment systems as at December 2020,” it stated.
It said the Nigerian government approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN.
“There are now a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of three to four SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centres across the country, every citizen and legal resident should be able to obtain their NINs,” the statement added.
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