Nigeria extends deadline for NIN-SIM linkage as enrollment drags


The Nigerian executive on Tuesday well-liked the extension of the deadline for Nigerians to hyperlink their national identification numbers (NINs) with SIM playing cards to July 26. The old skool deadline was once at this time time, June 30.

The most contemporary decision to extend the deadline was once made after a request by stakeholders to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification route of following the fast elevate in the number of enrolment systems all the way throughout the nation. 

This is per a joint commentary by the Nigerian Communications Price (NCC) and the National Identification Management Price (NIMC).

Extra than 5,000 enrolment systems are now on hand all the way throughout the nation, in comparison with dazzling 800 as of December. This is anticipated to vastly ease the NIN enrolment route of and subsequent linkage to SIM playing cards.

Snail creep growth in registration

Getting cell subscribers to hyperlink their NINs has been a gradual route of as the deadline has been extended several instances already ahead of now. This is the fifth extension for the reason that NIN-SIM linkage exercise was once announced reduction in December 2020.

The enrollment for the NINs has been even slower. The NIMC had on Tuesday, June 29 published that easiest 57.3 million Nigerians had been registered, out of the 200 million inhabitants in the nation, with a median of three to 4 SIMs per NIN. 

The utilization of the executive’s estimate, spherical 170 million cell subscriptions were linked with tens of millions level-headed unaccounted for. Nigeria in the mean time has 188 million cell subscriptions, per knowledge from the NCC.

The number of cell subscribers which indulge in linked their NIN to SIMs shall be significant but it does no longer assume the favored inhabitants. 

Nigeria has extra than 200 million of us; over 105.8 million of whom are adults. This implies nearly 50% of the adult inhabitants are level-headed without NIN, an indicator that concentrated on dazzling cell subscribers to force NIN registration may maybe perchance perchance also simply no longer be most certainly the greatest approach. 

Nigeria’s cell penetration price in the mean time stands at dazzling 50%. If cell subscriptions alone are linked, extra than 90 million Nigerians would level-headed be excluded from NIN registration.

The executive has acknowledged it hopes the increasing number of enrolment centres all the way throughout the nation must level-headed enable the next number of electorate and staunch residents to invent their NINs.

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