FG may extend NIN-SIM linkage deadline again


The federal government may again extend the deadline for the linking of the unique National Identity Number (NIN) with sim cards.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has confirmed that as of December 10, 2021, over 70 million unique NIN enrolments have been recorded.

Pantami revealed this in his speech at the fifth-generation spectrum auction in Abuja on Monday.

According to the minister, the number of enrolments recorded moved from 40 million in September 2020 to over 70 million as of December 10, 2021, showing an increase of over 30 million in slightly over a year period.

Pantami said, “We have already made a number of giant strides in the development of our digital economy and the deployment of 5G networks will further support our efforts. For example, it is worthy of note that, as of December 10, 2021, we had exceeded the 70 million mark in unique NIN enrolments.

“You will recall that we had just over 40 million enrolments in September 2020. The additional enrolments, which are close to 30 million enrolments in a little over a year, constitute a truly great feat to the extent that other countries now want to learn from us.”

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