FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Deadline To October

 

The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM data verification to October 31.

This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Identity Management, Mr Kayode Adegoke and Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde of the Nigerian Communications Commission, on Saturday.

They said the decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.

It also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country.

“As at July 24th, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM,” the statement read.

“The administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.

“The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required”.

According to the statement there are now a total of 59.8 million unique
NIN enrolments with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN.

It also noted that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government, commended the Kano State government and other states that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services.

He thanked Nigerians for what he described as their patience and compliance with the directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise so far.

Similarly, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta, and the Director-General/CEO of that National Identity Management Commission, Engr Aliyu Azeez, have urged citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31 deadline.

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.”

FG Extends Deadline For NIN-SIM Linkage Till June

A file photo of NCC logo and some SIM cards.

 

The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise till June 30.

Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy gave the directive according to a statement jointly signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The postponement of the deadline, according to the statement was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

This extension is coming two days before the May 6 deadline earlier announced by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government said 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have obtained their NIN.

 

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NIN Enrolment Reaches 54 Million as FG Approves 30th of June as NIN-SIM Verification Deadline

The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 30th of June, 2021.

The extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, and attended by the following officials- Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Adeolu Akande, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Azeez.

The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till the 30th of June in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 Million mobile numbers since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines. The much-awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.

Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.

It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of the National Identity Number for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.

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. Dr Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.  He again reiterated the government’s commitment to continue taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.

 

Signed:

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde ​​Mr Kayode Adegoke

Director, Public Affairs​​​ Head, Corporate Communications,

Nigerian Communications Commission​National Identity Management ​​​​​​​Commission

Criminals Are Feeling Heat Of NIN-SIM Verification Exercise – Pantami

(FILE) The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami

 

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, on Monday, said criminals across the country are “feeling the heat” of the ongoing linking of National Identification Numbers (NIN) with Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM).

He made the comment while reacting to the retraction of a story published by an online news site.

The story had purportedly linked the Minister to Boko Haram.

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“On the issue of NIN-SIM Verification to fight insecurity, there is no going back,” he said. “Our priority as GOVERNMENT based on the provision of our constitution 1999 (as amended) Section 14(2)b is SECURITY, not just economy.
“For sure, no going back at all. Let the sponsors continue.

“If you are yet to verify your SIM using NIN, do it very soon, before our next action. Criminals are feeling the heat.”

 

Hours earlier a story had circulated that Pantami was on a US watchlist as a result of links to terrorism activities.

“My lectures against the doctrines and all other evil people have been available for over 15 years, including debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria,” Pantami said, apparently referring to a video in which he appeared alongside Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf.

“If you can’t understand Hausa, get an objective Hausa speaker to translate for you objectively.”

Pantami has vowed to sue the publishers of the story.

“Major publishers will meet my lawyers in the court on this defamation of character,” he said.

Presidential spokesman, Bashir Ahmad, also condemned the report which he described as “fake” and “a false and dangerous narrative.”

“Dr. Pantami has never been on any US watchlist,” Mr. Bashir said.

 

Nigerian Government Extends Deadline For NIN-SIM Linkage

A crowd gathers at the NIMC office in the Alausa area of Lagos State on January 8, 2021.

 

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the people to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) by one month.

This was announced on Friday in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke.

An approval to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to May 6 was given at the meeting of the Ministerial Task Force on NIN-SIM data linkage held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it, the statement said.

Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, the government noted that over 51 million people have been assigned NINs

It added that there were many people who have enrolled and were in the process of being assigned NINs.

“With each individual having an average of three to four SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country. The current number of monthly enrollments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.

“There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrollments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline,” the statement said.

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.

The minister reiterated the government’s commitment to continue taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.

Bawa, in his address, stated that the NIN-SIM linkage would support the Federal Government in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals.

Stakeholders who attended the meeting include the heads of NCC, NIMC, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), as well as a representative of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).

Others were NCC Executive Commissioners Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, as well as the MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet, SMILE, and the COO of Glo.

Nigerians Without NIN Risk Imprisonment – Pantami

(FILE) The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

 

Nigerians who fail to enroll for the National Identity Number (NIN) risk imprisonment, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has said.

Pantami made the comment at the sixth edition of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential media team at the State House in Abuja.

He explained that the decision to imprison those without a NIN was in line with the Nigerian Constitution, saying no one should enjoy government services without the number.

Pantami made the emphasis that while obtaining a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card may be optional, NIN is mandatory, noting that a lot of transactions in the country should not be conducted without the NIN.

He noted that rather than the population census which can be manipulated, NIN will determine the accurate number of Nigerians because of its uniqueness and tamper-proof.

According to the Minister, no fewer than 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for NIN and it is important for transactions in the country to be conducted with the number.

Similarly, he announced that the aggregate registration for SIM across the country has hit 189 million

He explained that out of the figure, 150 million are completed registration while the remaining have problems of improper registration.

The minister decried that improper registration of SIMs has posed a challenge and the government has begun to address them.

He stressed that the government would not renege on the ban on SIM registration for security reasons arising from a huge compromise of the process.

Over 51 Million Nigerians Have Enrolled For NIN – Minister

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

 

No fewer than 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN), the Federal Government has said.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing State House correspondents.

He spoke at the sixth edition of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.

Pantami warned that while the failure to obtain the NIN could lead to imprisonment for Nigerians as stipulated by the Constitution, no one should enjoy government services without the number.

He stressed that although obtaining a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card was optional, it was mandatory for all citizens to enroll for the NIN.

The minister stated that it was important for transactions in the country to be conducted with the NIN.

He believes rather than the population census which can be manipulated, NIN will determine the accurate number of Nigerians because of its uniqueness and tamper-proof.

Pantami equally announced that the aggregate registration for SIM across the country has hit 189 million

He explained that out of the figure, 150 million are completed registration while the remaining have problems of improper registration.

The minister decried that improper registration of SIMs has posed a challenge and the government has begun to address them.

FIRS To Adopt NIN Database For Tax Collection, Says Nami

A file photo of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @firsNigeria

 

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) is making arrangements to adopt the National Identification Number database to ramp up registration of taxpayers, data collection, and profiling in the country.

FIRS Chairman, Muhammad Nami, disclosed that the agency was working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to achieve this, to ensure all eligible taxable persons in the country were compelled to declare and pay their taxes honestly and promptly.

He made the disclosure on Thursday in Kaduna at the 147th meeting of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) tagged Strategic Initiative for Sustainable Revenue Generation: Prospects, Challenges, and Next Steps.

Nami, who is also the chairman of JTB, said the FIRS would adopt electronic taxation (e-Tax) to help minimise revenue leakages, limit tax evasion, and significantly improve fiscal position of state governments amid the current economic challenges.

He noted that a lot of people were making monies privately without remitting appropriate taxes, stressing that introducing new technologies into tax administration would help to curb the challenges faced in the country.

The FIRS boss said it was important for federal and state revenue generating agencies to adopt new technologies to deliver on their core mandate.

In his opening remarks, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, urged the federal and state revenue generation agencies to come up with a new reform of modifying the consumer tax whereby people would pay a fair share of what they consume.

With the dwindling crude oil prices in the international market, he believes the future of the country no longer lies in revenue from oil.

The governor stated that the ability of the Federal and states governments to embark on aggressive revenue generation, through sustainable income and consumer taxes, would be of great advantage to the country.

Court Orders Extension Of NIN Registration By Two Months

A file photo of a signpost of the Federal High Court in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number, NIN by two months.

Justice Maureen Onyetenu granted the extension while delivering a ruling in a fundamental right suit filed by legal practitioner, Monday Ubani against the federal government, the Attorney General of the Federation, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

In the suit, Ubani had contended that the initial two weeks ultimatum (now extended to April 6, 2021) given to telecommunication operators to block SIM Cards of Nigerians who have not registered their SIM Card with NIN if allowed, will infringe on his constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, right to own moveable property and right to life.

He therefore asked the court for an order halting the said ultimatum and extending the deadline.

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The former NBA Ikeja Chairman also asked the court for; a declaration that the ultimatum given to telecommunications operators by the 1st, 3rd and 4th Respondents to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) cards that are not registered with NIN, is grossly inadequate and will not only work severe hardship, but will likely infringe on the fundamental rights of the Applicant (and millions of other Nigerians) to freedom of expression as guaranteed by section 39(1)(2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as violate section 44(1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which prohibits the compulsory acquisition of right or interest over moveable property.

“A declaration that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising cases in Nigeria presently, the deadline given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th Respondents to the Applicant and over 200 million Nigerians to register their SIM Cards with NIN, will lead to a rush, thereby resulting to clustering of the Applicant and other Nigerian citizens in a NIN registration centre, subjecting him to the possibility of easily contracting the covid-19 virus, and such will amount to a violation of his fundamental right to life as protected by section 33(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“An order halting the said ultimatum given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th Respondents to telecommunication operators to block all SIM Cards that are not registered with NIN.”

In his ruling, Justice Onyetenu granted all the reliefs sought by Ubani.

Thursday Update: Kagara Abduction, Service Chiefs and NIN Registration

Good morning.

We are leading with the latest updates on the abductions in Kagara, the screening of Service Chiefs by lawmakers, and the lingering challenges holding back NIN registration.


The recent abduction comes less than three months after the kidnap of students in Kankara, Katsina State.

Yet Another School Abduction

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, gunmen stormed Government Science College, Kagara, in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State. One student was killed during the attack and 42 other persons, including students and teachers, were kidnapped.

In response to the attack, President Muhammadu Buhari directed security forces to ensure the safe return of the kidnapped persons. and the Niger State Government ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the bandit ravaged areas of the state.

The Kagara assault is the latest on schools across the country. Gunmen have previously abducted students from Kankara in Katsina State, Dapchi in Yobe State, and Chibok in Borno State. Many are still in captivity.

It also highlights the poor state of security nationwide as the police, military, and other agencies struggle to stretch finite resources.

Senate: Members of the red chamber asked the President to declare a state of emergency on insecurity in the country.

NGF: The Governors Forum met behind closed doors at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja to discuss the state of insecurity in the country.

Perspective: A Niger State Senator, Sani Musa, said the gunmen were not bandits but terrorists. And a security consultant, Gen. John Temlong, said the payment of ransom leads to the fueling and arming of terrorism.


President Muhammadu Buhari stands with his military chiefs.

Service Chiefs Face Lawmakers

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Defence on Wednesday started the screening and confirmation process of the newly appointed Service Chiefs.

The security bosses, appointed by President Buhari on January 26, have already swung into action. They are expected to be confirmed by the lawmakers.

Bashir Magashi: Speaking with newsmen after the screening, the Minister of Defence said Nigerians should not be cowards in the face of bandit attacks and learn to defend themselves.

Quote: “We shouldn’t be cowards,” General Magashi said. “Sometimes the bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fire shots everybody will run. In our younger days, we stand to fight any form of aggression.”

Related: The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed 302 Special Forces to Kaduna State as part of efforts to tackle banditry, kidnapping, and other violent crimes in the state.


A file photo of applicants at one of the NIMC offices in the country.

Challenges Remain With NIN Registration

The National Identification Number has been touted as one of the tools that can help to tackle insecurity nationwide. But Nigerians have continued to complain about the registration process.

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for linking the NIN with SIM cards at least twice. but it might have to do it again.

Lagos: While the usual crowds have thinned out at the registration centre in Ikeja, enrolees say that a lot more should be done to improve the process.

Abuja: The situation is similar in the Federal Capital Territory where applicants say they have been scheduled for dates beyond the government’s deadline.


What else is happening?

Abdulsalam Abubakar: The former Head of State said if nothing is done to address the growing tension in the country, it might lead to a point of no return.

Borno: An IDP camp was gutted in Maiduguri by fire on Wednesday, killing three people, including a child. The inferno also destroyed 620 makeshift houses.

Catholic: Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of lent, a period of fasting for 40 days that comes to an end on the Saturday before Easter.

Invictus Obi: The Forbes-endorsed millionaire was sentenced to ten years in prison by a US court for wire fraud.

PDP: Governors elected under the aegis of the party have called for an urgent decentralisation of the Nigeria police.  According to them, it will help to stem the tide of insecurity across the country.

Ethiopia: The conflict-torn northern Tigray region has been hit by an electricity blackout, the government said on Wednesday.

Cyberattack: US authorities said North Korea tried to steal $1.3 billion in crypto and traditional currencies from banks and other victims.


And that’s it for today. It’s almost Friday and then the weekend. See you.

ICYMI: We Need To Replace BVN With NIN, Says Minister Of Communications

 

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami on has said the National Identification Numbers (NIN) database is superior to the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).

Speaking during a facility tour of telecoms operators and NIN registration centres on Monday, Dr Isa Pantami explained that he briefed the National Economic Sustainability Committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the imperative of replacing BVN with NIN.

Dr Pantami argued that while BVN was only for account holders with various banks, the NIN is for all Nigerians, irrespective of their status.

“We need to replace BVN with our NIN number,” Dr Pantami said. “The reason is very clear. BVN is a CBN policy, while the National Identification Number is established by law. So the strength of the law, wherever you go, is not the same with the policy of only one institution.

“Secondly, BVN is only applicable to only those who have bank accounts but National Identity Number is for each and every citizen and legal resident in the country.

“Thirdly, BVN is a secondary database, while National Identification Number and the database is the primary one in the country that each and every institution should make reference to NIMC.”

 

Rivers Residents Ask FG To Make NIN Registration Stress Free

The crowd at the NIMC office in Rivers State

 

 

Rivers State residents are asking the Federal Government to make the National Identification Number Registration (NIN), stress-free in the country. 

Since the announcement of the policy in December 2020, applicants have continued to gather at the commission’s offices within the state most of the time, without recourse to the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the applicants, including a nursing mother, called on the Federal Government to deploy more personnel and computers to the state or allow citizens to link their sim cards with bank verification numbers, which they say will be readily available.

 

Following the various outcry for the extension of NIN registration, the Federal Government on Tuesday extended the linkage of the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) by eight weeks.

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News of the extension was contained in a statement signed by spokespersons of the Nigerian Communications Commission and the ​Nigeria Identity Management Commission.

According to the statement, which was dated February 1, the extension was approved by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.

“Dr. Pantami stated that the extension is to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM,” the statement said.

The new deadline for the exercise is now April 6.