National Identification: Nigeria Government Urges Citizens to Link NIN to SIM, Rules Out Deadline Extension

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Nigeria’s federal government on Thursday advised the general public to ensure that they conclude the process of linking their National Identification Number (NIN), with their Subscriber Identification Module (SIM Card) without further delay.

The federal government had on December 31, 2021, extended the deadline for National Identification Number to SIM linkage by three months, which elapsed Thursday, and had earlier warned that all SIM cards not linked before the deadline, would be disconnected.

However, the government, in a statement said it had given telecoms subscribers a few days after the March 31, 2022 deadline, to link their NIN to their SIM.
According to the statement, jointly signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, stated that citizens had been given additional few days from the March 31 deadline, which ended yesterday, to complete the process of linking their NIN to their SIM.

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The statement read: “The general public would recall that the Federal Government approved an extension of the NIN-SIM linkage deadline to the 31st of March, 2022. In preparation for the enforcement, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami urges citizens and legal residents to use the next few days to ensure that they complete the linkage.

“To this end, the Minister has further directed that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) should offer enrolment services round-the-clock for the next few days. “Pantami also thanks all those who have completed their NIN-SIM linkage. On behalf of the Minister, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, NIMC urges citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the window to complete the process of enrolment and verification within the next few days.”


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