Telecommunications operators in Nigeria said they have confirmed an extension of the deadline for subscribers to link their SIMs with their National Identity Number (NIN). According to a statement released today by the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), a formal confirmation was received from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from 19th January to 9th February 2021.
Recall that the deadline for subscribers who already had the NIN expired yesterday, while those who are yet to enrol for the number are expected to do so on or before February 9.
“We want to thank the President for giving us more time to deliver on this all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country. We are also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling the digital economy.
“To ensure that we utilise the extension period judiciously, we urge all telecom subscribers who have a NIN to link it to their SIM Cards through available channels as soon as possible. Those yet to enrol are advised to visit www.nimc.gov.ng for a list of enrolment centres close to them,” ALTON said in the signed by its Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo.