The Federal Government has extended the deadline for linking Subscriber Identification Modules with precise Nationwide Identification Numbers by one month.
It announced the extension on Friday in a assertion issued in Abuja by the spokesperson of the Nationwide Identification Management Rate, Kayode Adegoke.
The deadline became extended from April 6, 2021, to Would maybe perhaps maybe 6, 2021, after contributors at the meeting of the Ministerial Job Pressure on NIN-SIM records linkage agreed to beget an extension of the route of.
The assertion study in allotment, “The meeting took narrate on Thursday, April 1, 2021, and approval became given to elongate the length of the NIN-SIM linkage to the sixth of Would maybe perhaps maybe, 2021.
“The put a matter to of for the extension became supplied to President Muhammadu Buhari and he counseled it.”
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, chaired the meeting.
The meeting became attended by key stakeholders, including the NIMC, Nigerian Communications Rate, Nationwide Recordsdata Technology Constructing Company, Economic and Monetary Crimes Rate, Nigeria Immigration Carrier and the Affiliation of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria.
Others consist of the managing administrators of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as smartly as the manager working officer of Glo.
The assertion also mentioned that in step with the updates of the NIN registration route of, over 51 million of us had been assigned NINs.
“There are many other individuals which beget enrolled and are within the course of of being assigned NINs,” it mentioned.
The assertion added, “With each and each particular person having a median of three to four SIMs, the entire replace of SIMs tied to NINs would shut to the entire replace of registered SIMs within the country.”
It mentioned the present replace of monthly enrollments had increased critically to about 2.6 million registrations.
“There has also been a grand lengthen within the replace of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres accessible for enrollments,” it mentioned.
The NIMC mentioned there beget been also many extra fresh centres within the pipeline.
On December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that weren’t registered with precise NINs on the network of telecommunications companies might maybe well perhaps be blocked.
It later extended the December 30, 2020, deadline following standard opposition towards the earlier announcement and gave three weeks’ extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021.
It also gave six weeks’ extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021.
Nevertheless many organisations called for a further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration route of due to the the orderly crowds who had yet to gather their NINs.
On February 2, 2021, the authorities listened to the deadline extension call and shifted it to April 6, 2021.