Nigeria extends 8-week identity number SIM card integration deadline
The Nigerian government has extended the deadline for linking NIN-SIM by eight weeks.
The move comes Tuesday ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline set by the federal government for the submission of the National Identification Number (NIN).
At the end of the initial deadline for submitting NIN on January 16, the federal government decided to extend it to February 9 for all telecommunications subscribers who registered with NIN, including those who had yet to register for NIN. to submit for link. with their SIM card.
The new deadline, which is now 16 April 2021, was conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, during the meeting of the Ministerial Task Team on NIN-SIM registration held on 1 February 2021. .
According to a statement issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday and signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Pantami said that ‘the expansion is to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to share their NIN with integrate the SIM. ”
The chairman of the meeting was chaired by the Minister and attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC / NCC CEO, prof. Umar Garba Danbatta; the DG / CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz; the DG / CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Abdullahi Kashifu and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo. Others include the managing director / CEO of MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile, Ntel, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Globacom.
According to the statement, a total of 56.18 million NINs were collected by the mobile network operators. Each NIN is usually paired with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs, which means that the current figure is a significant part of existing SIMs. The number of NINs collected represents a significant increase compared to the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on 18 January 2021..