The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the NIN-SIM linkage by 30 days.
News Mail Nigeria learnt that the Federal Government extended the date from April 6 2021 to May 6 2021.
Isa Ali Pantami,Minister of Communications and Digital Economy revealed this in a statement released on Friday April 2. He said the request for the extension of the NIN-SIM linkage was presented to President Buhari and he approved it.
Pantami added that the number of monthly enrolment has increased to 2.6 million.
Dr Ikechukwu Adinde of NCC and Kayode Adegoke of NIMC jointly signed the statement. Read below :
“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.
“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 Chairman of the EFCC addressed the meeting and stated that the NIN-SIM linkage would support the Federal Government in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals. The Honourable 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.”