FG Bows To Pressure, Extends NIN Linkage Deadline

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The Federal Government has extended registration for the National Identity Number (NIN) by six weeks.

This was made known in a statement jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta and the Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Aziz.

According to the statement, the deadline for the linkage of NIN with SIM cards was now extended from the 30th of December, 2020 to the 9th of February, 2021

This followed resolutions adopted at a meeting chaired by Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital economy.

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According to the resolutions, there would be a “Three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from Dec. 30, 2020, to Jan. 19, 2021. Six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from Dec. 30, 2020, to Feb. 9, 2021, while USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions”.

Pantami said: “NIMC has 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”.

He disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities and thanked all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.

The President also commended the efforts of the taskforce and urged all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM cards with their NIN, the minister said.

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