NIN Database Exceeds 51 Million as FG Extends NIN-SIM Linkage

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021.

This announcement was made on Friday in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr. Kayode Adegoke. While the meeting was chaired by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

The government noted that over 51 million people have been assigned NINs, based on the updates of the NIN registration process. It added that many people who have enrolled and were 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 NINs would close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country. The current number of monthly enrollments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.

There are currently about 3,800 centers available for enrollments. With many more in the pipeline.

The minister thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise as these are efforts in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals.

Stakeholders who attended the meeting include the head of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), as well as a 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 were NCC Executive Commissioners Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, as well as the MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet, SMILE, and the COO of Glo.

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