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 FG extended the ongoing NIN-SIM integration exercise by eight weeks.
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.
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,
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#.