- Nigerians trying to link SIM cards with their NIN have continued to experience challenges
- The federal government stated that citizens who fail to complete the NIN registration will have their phone numbers blocked
- Many citizens are disappointed that they have been unable to complete the process
An emerging report indicates that there is uncertainty over the February 9 deadline given by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for all subscribers to link SIM cards to their National Identification Numbers (NIN).
The Nation reported that some Nigerians who visited a NIMC office to link their phone numbers to their NIN were told to come back on March 22, four weeks after the deadline must have expired.
According to the newspaper, the citizens were reportedly told to register their names in a notebook. They were then asked to come on March 22 for data capturing.
The newspaper stated that NIMC officials did not give any explanation for the new development.
The publication stated that citizens trying to do the registration at the Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Office of the NIMC went back home disappointed after they were given a March 22 date for enrolment.
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Meanwhile, the federal government has commended network subscribers who have successfully linked their SIMs with the NIN for their painstaking efforts and commitment.
The commission also urged the subscribers to dial *346# using the mobile number they registered with or visit any of the NIN enrollment centres with their tracking ID to print their NIN slip.
The government agency, however, stated that the enrolment is free, adding that the NIMC management frowns at all forms of extortion of the applicants.
In another report, the federal government has commenced the NIN enrolment of foreign diplomats in Nigeria.
NIMC disclosed in a statement on Friday, January 22, that the enrolment of the diplomats started on January 18.
The spokesperson for the NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, said the registration of diplomats was in line with the directive of the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr Isa Pantami.