FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification To July 26

A file photo of a Nigerian holding a national identity card.

 

The Federal Government on Monday said it has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26.

This was communicated via a statement signed jointly by spokespersons of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

At least 57.3 million Nigerians have enrolled for the NIN, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN, according to the agencies.

“The decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country,” the statement said.

The agencies also noted that as of June 28, a total of 5,410 enrollment systems have been made available nationwide to “significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.

“It is worthy of note that there were only about 800 such enrolment systems as at December 2020.

“The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.”

COVID-19: NIN Registration Might Be Suspended Due To Large Crowd, Says Health Minister

The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, says the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment may be suspended due to large crowds which pose COVID-19 risks.

Mamora, who is also a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

“Nobody feels good; I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitude. It’s like a super spreader event which we don’t like. I’m also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.

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“My understanding is that the whole process may be suspended so as to reorder the whole process in terms of management of the crowd because it was never intended that it would become a rowdy process like that. So, people may have to wait and be called at intervals to go through the process,” he said.

The Minister also urged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to re-order the enrolment process to avoid large crowds at its centres nationwide.

He said the government has a duty to ensure Nigerians are protected at all times.

Crowds gather at the NIMC office in Katsina for NIN registration.

 

“We have a duty as government to ensure that people are protected; we also have a duty to ensure people comply within the limit of what is good for the society at large,” the health minister said.

Dozens of people have continued to gather at NIMC offices across the country to register for their National Identification Number (NIN).

The crowd defied the surge in COVID-19 infections in the country and struggle on long queues at NIMC offices in the nation’s capital, Abuja, Lagos, Katsina, etc.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami in reaction blamed Nigerians for flouting COVID-19 protocols while participating in NIN registration.

He also claimed that it takes five minutes for each Nigerian to complete the registration.

Crowds gather at NIMC office in Abuja for NIN registration.