The Nigerian Government on Monday, June 28, 2021, said it has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26, 2021.
In a statement jointly signed by spokespersons of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
According to the agencies, at least 57.3 million Nigerians have enrolled for the NIN, with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN.
“The decision to lengthen the initial deadline 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,” the statement said.
The agencies also noted that as of June 28, 2021, a total of 5,410 enrollment systems have been made available nationwide to “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 of December 2020.
“The Nigerian 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.”