NIN Sim Registration: Federal Government Extends deadline for Sim Registration and blocking
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the extension of the period of the registration of SIMs with National Identification Number (NIN), as well as the cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees.
This followed an earlier directive by the government for NIN to be linked to all SIM cards within the next two weeks.
That deadline has now been extended by a minimum of three weeks, according to the NCC statement.
“The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, 2020,” the statement read.
“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.
How will we cope with the large number of people trying to register NIN with the Covid-19 pandamic
NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens to attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.
USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.
This will help to reduce pressure on NIMC officials as well as other operators at the NIN enrolment centres, and make way for a seamless NIN registration and enrolment exercise.