The Federal Government of Nigeria continues to temper justice with mercy with another one-month extension of the National Identification Number linkage with SIM card nationwide. The exercise was birth out to encourage every Nigerian to be registered under NIMC and receive an authentic means of identification useable within the country.
In a statement released last year by NIMC in conjunction with the Nigerian Communication Commission that failure to link NIN with SIM by subscribers would result in disconnection. This would be the second time in 2021 that Government would give sound warning to telecommunication subscribers to do the needful as a period of registration is further extended.
Information gathered by DAILY POST revealed that a consensus was reached in a closed-door meeting held at Abuja where Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Minister of Information Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, and Mr. Kayode Adegoke, Head of National Identity Management Commission were all in attendance.
The authorization of the extension was affirmed by President Buhari to a deadline date of the 6th of May. In an official statement released by the presidency:
“Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs. There are many people, who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs. With each individual having an average of 3 to 4 SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would be close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country.
“The current number of monthly enrolments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations. There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centers across the country with about 3,800 centers available for enrolments. There are also many more new centers in the pipeline, ”
At the time of filing, this report over 51million Nigerians has successfully linked their NIN with SIM Card. The body encourages those who are yet to complete the exercise successfully to do as there might not be room for further extension.