- FG recently announced the extension of NIN-SIM linkage to April 6
- According to NIMC, no fewer than 56.18 million of NIN have been received by the telecom operators
- The agency also noted that Over 1,060 registration centres for NIN have been activated
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that 56.18 million National Identification Numbers (NIN) have been collected by telecommunication companies.
TheCable reports that the figure is higher than the 47.8 million NIN collected as of January 18.
Legit.ng gathered that in a statement announcing the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM linkage, the NIMC said each NIN is usually tied to an average of three to four SIM cards.
This connotes that a large portion of telco subscribers have submitted their NIN.
The federal government had earlier given telco subscribers a two-week timeline in December 2020 to update their SIM registration with a valid NIN.
It, however, extended the deadline to January 19, 2021, for subscribers with NIN to link their SIM cards and February 9, 2021, for those without NIN.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government gave respite to many Nigerians over the ongoing NIN and SIM integration exercise.
It was reported that given the challenges being encountered, the government extended the exercise by eight weeks.
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.
In a related report, the presidency reacted to the way service providers in Nigeria update citizens on the NIN registration.
A presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, on Thursday, January 28, said the multiple messages sent to Nigerians to partake in the process are rather confusing.
Onochie said at some point the mobile network operators acknowledge subscribers' conclusion of the process after which they still require them to register again.
Also, ahead of the deadline given to network subscribers to link their SIM cards to their NIN, the NIMC released seven important things to know about the number.
It also listed in this piece the key information about the NIN released by the identity management agency.