By Queen Nwabueze
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has explained that the federal government had to extend the former deadline of February 9 to April 6 for the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage in order to give every legal residents in the country more time to complete the process.
This is contained in a press statement, the Minister jointly signed and released by the Director Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications, Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Kayode Adegoke.
The decision was an offshoot of the 2nd high-level meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration, held on Monday February 1, 2021.
Following the meeting, every telco subscriber in Nigeria is expected to use the 8-week extension period and complete the exercise in order to avoid disconnection.
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According to Pantami, “It was reported that a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by mobile network operators.”
“This number of NINs collected represents a significant increase when compared with the 47.8 million reported by the Technical Committee on January 18, 2021,” he said.
To facilitate the process using the 8 weeks window, the minister announced: “…over 1060 registration centres for NIN have been activated and made operational by NIMC across the country, while Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have opened hundreds of centres and are rapidly deploying resources to open thousands of other NIN enrolment centres across states of the country.”