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FG extends NIN-SIM linkage by ‘few days’

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THE federal government, yesterday, extended the deadline for Nigerians to link their phone numbers to their National Identity Numbers.

  The deadline was March 31 but the government said it has extended the deadline by “a few days.”

  Spokesperson of  Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, and National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke, made the disclosure in a joint statement.

  According to them, it is the 10th time that federal government has extended deadline for registration after it gave the directive in December 2020.

  “In preparation for the enforcement, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) urged citizens and legal residents to use the next few days to ensure that they complete the linkage.  

  To this end, the Honourable Minister has further directed that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) should offer enrolment services round-the-clock for the next few days. Prof Pantami also thanks all those who have completed their NIN-SIM linkage,” the statement reads.

  In December 2021, NIMC said about 71 million NIN with over 14,000 enrolment centres across the country.

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