FG extends NIN-SIM linkage by one month as database exceeds 51 million



The Ministerial on the NIN- data linkage to has extended the period of the NIN- linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it.

This was disclosed in a statement joint signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde Director, Public Affairs​​​, Nigerian Communications Commission and Mr Adegoke, Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission on Thursday.

According to the statement, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, chaired the of the Ministerial on the NIN- data linkage.  

The was attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (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 Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications of Nigeria (ALTON).  Others included the 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 took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an was given to extend the period of the NIN- linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it.

“Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs.  There are many people, who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs. With each individual having an of 3 to 4 SIMs, the total of SIMs tied to NINs would be close to the total of registered SIMs in the country.  

“The current of monthly enrolments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.  There has also been a remarkable increase in the of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrolments. There are also many new centres in the pipeline”, the joint statement further said.

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 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.

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