The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the National Identification Number-Subscriber Identity Module data verification to March 31, 2022.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ike Adinde, and Head of Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke, on Friday.
The statement revealed that the National Identity Management Commission has issued over 71 million NINs with over 14,000 enrolment centres set up across the country.
According to the statement, “The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has also set up enrolment centres in over thirty-one (31) countries to cater for Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The unprecedented growth in the National Identity Database to over 71 million unique NINs in such a short period, with about 3 to 4 SIMs linked to a NIN, reflects the concerted effort of the Federal Government, the Nigerian populace and legal residents and this is truly commendable.
“Following the request by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora, the Federal Government has extended the deadline of the exercise to the 31st of March, 2022.
This extension would enable the Federal Government to consolidate the gains of the process and accelerate the enrolment of Nigerians in key areas like the remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, and the registration of legal residents.
“The Honourable Minister has however implored Nigerians and legal residents to enrol for their NINs and link with their SIMs during this period of extension as more services will be requiring the NIN for identification.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to support the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in ensuring that the objectives of the exercise are achieved.