Nigeria Government Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline

Federal government has extended the NIN-SIM linkage by eight weeks.

Nigeria Government Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline
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The Federal Government on Tuesday morning announced that the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module (NIN-SIM) integration exercise has been extended by eight weeks.

It said the new deadline was now April 6, 2021.

This was announced by director, public affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, according to The Punch.

Adinde said minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami conveyed the message during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021.

The Federal Government had, on December 15, 2020, through the NCC, issued a directive that telecom operators should inform all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

The directive also made submission of NIN by subscribers compulsory within two weeks from December 16, 2020, to December 30, 2020, and that after the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.

It claimed that a Ministerial Task Force comprising the minister and all the CEOs, among others, was to monitor compliance by all networks, because violations of the directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of the operating license of the operators.