57.3 million Nigerians complied with SIM-NIN enrolment directive
More than 57.3 million Nigerians have so far complied with the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment directive of the federal government seeking to link the unique numbers to every active telephone line in the country by its user.
Latest figure made available to Business Metrics by the authorities also indicated that in the ongoing verification process, up to 171.9 subscriber’s identification module (SIM) cards must have been linked with NINs at an average of three SIM cards to one NIN.
This revelation came as the federal government approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 26th of July, 2021.
This decision was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country.
As at June 28, 2021, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems are now available across the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.
It is worthy of note that there were only about 800 such enrolment systems as at December 2020.
The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
With the great number of enrolment centres across the country, every citizen and legal resident should be able to obtain their NINs.
Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, on behalf of the Federal Government, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta, and the Director-General/CEO of that National Identity Management Commission, Engr Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification.