By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise has been extended by one month by the federal government.
According to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), who made the disclosure during a meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM linkage, which held on Thursday, April 1, 2021, the new deadline for the exercise is now May 6, 2021.
The minister stated that the extension of deadline was meant to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM.
The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the NCC, DG/CEO of NIMC, DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), representative of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS), and the chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON),the NCC executive commissioners, Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS 9Mobile, NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo.
According to news sources, the request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, who subsequently accented to it.