The federal government has announced the extension of the deadline for the ongoing National Identification Number, NIN registration by eight (8) weeks.
Speaking during a ministerial taskforce meeting on NIN and Subscriber Identity Module, SIM integration exercise, the Minister for Communications and Digital Economic, Isa Pantami said the Nigerian government had shifted the deadline for NIN registration to April 6.
According to Pantami, the extension gives Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with SIM.
Deadline For NIN Registration
Meanwhile, the Minister disclosed that the mobile network operators had collected a total of 56.18 million NINs.
The number of NINs collected represents a significant increase compared with the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on January 18, 2021.
Also, Director of Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde said over 1060 registration centres for NIN have been activated and made operational across the country.
Adinde added that Mobile Network Operators have also opened hundreds of centres adding that they are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country.
According to him, the process is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s policy to enhance security and make it easier for Nigerians to obtain their NINs.
However, the Minister reiterated the need for Nigerians who are yet to register for the NIN to take advantage of the extension to enroll for their NIN and link it with their SIMs.
Also, he implored applicants to follow the safety guidelines at the NIN enrolment centres and ensure compliance with the booking system in place.