The Federal Government says subscribers with National Identification Number (NIN) now have till January 19, 2021 to link their SIM card with their NIN ,a three weeks extension of the deadline while subscribers without NIN have up till February 9, 2021 to get one.
The resolution was reached at the meeting of the National Task Force on National Identification Number (NIN) and SIM Registration on Monday.
The meeting which was chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami had major stakeholders in the sector including the chairman and executive vice-chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the chairman of Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), and the CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
According to a release by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, “Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made: Three weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020 to January 19, 2021; and a six weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021.”
Also, “NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.”
The release added that “USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.”
The Federal Government commended the efforts of the Task Force and urged all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN.