Presidency extends NIN─SIM linkage deadline to February 9

*President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from January 19 to February 9, 2021

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to afford stakeholders more time to deliver the all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country, the Federal Government has extended the deadline for linking the National Identity Numbers (NINs) to SIM registration database from January 19 to February 9, 2021.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), which in a statement jointly signed by Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman; and Damian Udeh, Publicity Secretary, disclosed this Wednesday.

The Association noted that it received a formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that President Buhari had approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data till February 9.

ALTON stated: “We want to thank the president for giving us more time to deliver on this all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country.

“We’re also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling digital economy.”

The statement added: “To ensure that we utilise the extension period judiciously, we urge all telecom subscribers who have a NIN to link it to their SIM cards through available channels as soon as possible.

“Those who yet to enrol are advised to visit www.nimc.gov.ng for a list of enrolment centres close to them.’’

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