FG extends NIN-SIM harmonization by one month






Pix: Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy/ SHARE THIS




The Ministerial Task Force on NIN-SIM Data Linkage has extended the time frame for the NIN-SIM linkage in Nigeria by one month, up to the 6th of May, 2021.

This follows a request for the extension presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, who endorsed it shortly before his medical vacation to London.

Disclosing this in a joint statement by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs​,​Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Mr Kayode Adegoke, Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Thursday, the two spokesmen said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, chaired the meeting of the Ministerial Task Force,  which was also attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Representative of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).


Others, they said, included the NCC Executive Commissioner, Technical Services and  his Stakeholder Management counterpart, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, in addition to the COO of Glo.


“The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it.


“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 NIN 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 centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrolments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline,” the statement further stressed.


The Chairman of the EFCC who addressed the meeting, stated the imperative of the NIN-SIM linkage, which he said, would go a long way supporting the Federal Government’s programme in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals.


On his own, the Minister noted the importance of obtaining feedback from all stakeholders in order to ensure that the NIN-SIM linkage process is one that cannot easily be compromised, thanking Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise./ SHARE THIS



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