- The deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN) verification has been extended by the federal government
- According to the FG, the extension was granted following the request by stakeholders, asking for more time
- The government said stakeholders want to use the time to consolidate the verification process following an increase in the number of enrolment systems
In what many Nigerians will describe as good news, the federal government through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26.
This was disclosed by the director, public affairs Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde; and the head, corporate communications, Nigeria Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke, Punch Newspaper reports.
The FG said the decision to further extend the deadline was made based on a request by stakeholders, The Guardian added.
The deadline date has now been shifted about seven times.
The statement read:
“The federal government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 26th of July, 2021.
“The decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders on the need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country."
FG commends subscribers
In a related development, the federal government has commended network subscribers who have successfully linked their Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) with NIN for their painstaking efforts and commitment.
In another development, Dr Isa Pantami has bagged the most outstanding minister of the year 2021 award presented by Elite Exclusive magazine. The organisers say the minister of communications and digital economy was singled out for the honour based on an online poll it conducted.
The award according to the magazine was in recognition of the exceptional role the minister is playing in sustaining ICT exponential growth, digitization of Nigeria's emerging economy and also positioning Nigeria’s digital economy sector on the path of sustainable national development.
It noted that under the leadership of Dr Pantami, Nigeria reverberated its place as the giant of Africa and leaders in innovation.
Nigerians not mandated to submit IMEI numbers
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied asking Nigerians to submit their phone International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.
A spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement via its website on Friday, May 21, said reports claiming that the NCC mandated Nigerian phone users to submit their IMEI numbers were false.
The commission, however, stated that it would deploy the Device Management System (DMS) which will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit them.