National ID: FG finally extends deadline for NIN updates by six weeks, gives reasons

National ID: FG finally extends deadline for NIN updates by six weeks, gives reasons

- The federal government has shelved its initial plan on the NIN registration

- NCC had ordered that any subscribers with NIN numbers should be blocked by the telecoms operators

- The FG, however, extended the registration by some weeks on Monday, December 21

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Following the hues and cries that greeted the directives given by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the telecommunications operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the federal government has finally reacted.

Punch reports that federal government on Monday, December 21, extended the deadline for the provision of a NIN by telecommunication service subscribers.

Legit.ng gathered that this was contained in a statement issued by the federal ministry of communications and digital economy.

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National ID: FG extends deadline for NIN updates by six weeks, gives reasons
The minister of communication and digital economy, Asa Pantami, has ordered the extension of NIN registration by six weeks. Credit: @DrIsaPantami
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The statement was jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta; and director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz.

It read:

“The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, 2020.
“The meeting was chaired by the Honourable minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ali Pantami with major stakeholders in the sector including chairman – NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
“Based on the endorsement of the federal government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made: Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021; and Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021."

The statement further stated NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols, particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a huge crowd was sighted at one of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) centres located at Alausa, Ikeja Lagos state.

It was reported that a photo-tweet by a social media user, Aremu Pokipoki (@prinzgbemi) which generated over 5,000 engagement, hundreds of people were seen engaging the NIMC officials to enrol for the NIN.

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In a related report, Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari's personal assistant on new media, berated Nigerians for not registering for the NIN earlier.

However, the presidential aide in a tweet posted on Monday, December 21, said the federal government had been urging Nigerians to enrol for the NIN for several years.

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