The ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise has been extended by the Federal Government until May 6, 2021.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), made the disclosure during a meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM linkage, which held on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
In a statement jointly signed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) director of public affairs, Dr. Ike Adinde and head of corporate communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke, sent out on Friday, Pantami stated that the extension of deadline was to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM.
The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the NCC, DG/CEO of NIMC, DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), representative of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS), and the chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).
Others included the NCC executive commissioners, Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS 9Mobile, NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo.
The meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, was attended by various stakeholders, including the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.
Pantami, in his address, noted the importance of obtaining feedback from all stakeholders in order to ensure that the NIN-SIM linkage process was one that cannot easily be compromised.
He thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise, says the government is commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.