FG bows to pressure, extends deadline for SIM registration with NIN



    The National Task Force on National Identification Number, NIN, and Subscriber Identification Module, SIM, registration have extended the deadline for registration of SIM card with NIN for three weeks.

    The decision was made after their meeting on  Monday, December 21, with other stakeholders.

    The meeting was chaired by the  minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, with major stakeholders in the sector.

    They include chairman-Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC; executive vice chairman, EVC, NCC; Director-General, DG, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA; director general, National Identity Management Commission, NIMC; Executive, Commissioner, Technical Services, ECTS, NCC; executive, Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, ECSM, NCC; chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria, ALTON; Chief Executive Officers of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.

    The meeting based on the endorsement of the federal government of Nigeria resolved to extend for “three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30 to January 15, 2021; give six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from  December 30,  to February 9, 2021.

    The NIMC has also provided strategies to enable citizens to attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.

    A statement signed by the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Umar Danbatta and the Director General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, for Ministerial Task Force, said “The President appreciates Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities; The Federal Government also thanks all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.”

    It also said that “Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urged all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN.”

    According to the statement,  “Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.”


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