The deadline for the registration of the National Identification Number NIN by telecommunication companies has been extended to February 9, 2021, by the Federal Government.
According to the statement released on Monday by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, three weeks have been added to subscribers already with NIN while six weeks were added to those without NIN.
The statement titled, “Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees,” was jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta; and Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz.
It reads, “The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December 2020.
“The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) with major stakeholders in the sector including Chairman-NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
“Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made: Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021; and Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February 2021.”
Earlier on, the Federal Government had directed telecom service providers to block SIM cards not linked to NIN by December 30, 2020, and that telecom service providers that failed to block such phone numbers would have their operating licenses withdrawn.
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