- Many Nigerians can heave a sigh of relief over their sim card integration
- This is as a result of the new directive that extended NIN-SIM linkage by eight weeks
- Recall that the exercise has been marred by different challenges like overcrowding and other logistics issues
The federal government has given respite to many Nigerians over the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise.
Given the challenges being encountered, the government has extended the exercise by eight weeks.
Punch reports that this was announced by the director, public affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde.
Adinde said the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, conveyed the message during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021.
With this, the new deadline is now April 6, 2021.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that despite the appeal by the government and its agencies including the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and the ministry of communication and digital economy, many Nigerians are yet to enroll for the NIN two weeks before the deadline.
Legit.ng's investigation revealed that many Nigerians have not registered due to fear of being infected with the coronavirus pandemic as a result of long queues with no regard for social distancing.
In the analysis, Legit.ng’s regional reporter in Osun state, Sola Adetona, wrote about people’s plights in their efforts to get NIN registration before the February 9, deadline given by the federal government finally elapses.
Legit.ng also reported that the FG commended network subscribers who have successfully linked their Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) with the National Identification Numbers (NIN) for their painstaking efforts and commitment.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) asked the subscribers who have linked their SIM to dial *346# to retrieve their NIN from the mobile numbers they enrolled with.
The NIMC said via its Twitter page, @nimc_ng, that the SIM can be linked to different telecommunication operators using these codes: MTN: *785#; Airtel: *121*1#; Glo: *109*NIN#; 9Moble: *200*8#.