Federal Government has once again extended the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021.

A statement by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) says “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”.

The statement signed by Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission Mr. Kayode Adegoke explained that there were a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN.

According to the statement, as of July 24, 2021, there were over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country which would ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.

Prior to the new deadline for enrolment, October 31, 2021, the federal government had approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26, 2021.