The Federal Government has again extended the deadline for Nigerians to link their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) with valid National Identity Numbers (NIN) by one month.
The extension was announced in a statement on Friday by the spokesman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Kayode Adegoke in Abuja.
The new extension takes the deadline from April 6, 2021, to May 6, 2021, after participants at the meeting of the Ministerial Task Force on NIN-SIM data linkage agreed to have an extension of the process.
The statement reads in part: “The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021, and approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021.
“The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it.”
According to the statement, over 51 million people had been assigned NINs.
“There are many people who have enrolled and are 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 latest extension is about the third time government has extended its deadline first fixed for December 30, 2020.