The Federal Government has threatened to enforce the implementation of its National Identification Number–Subscriber Identity Module policy as the deadline for the verification exercise ended on Thursday.
The government has, however, given telecommunication subscribers a couple of days to ensure that their SIMs are linked to their NINs.
The FG had earlier extended the deadline for the SIM-NIN verification exercise from December 31, 2021, to March 31, 2022.
The Federal Government made known the latest development in a joint statement titled, ‘Federal Government Urges Citizens to Link NIN to SIM without Delay.’
The statement was signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde; and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke.
The statement read, “The general public would recall that the Federal Government approved an extension of the NIN-SIM linkage deadline to the 31st of March, 2022.
“In preparation for the enforcement, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami urges citizens and legal residents to use the next few days to ensure that they complete the linkage.
“To this end, the Honourable Minister has further directed that NIMC should offer enrolment services round-the-clock for the next few days. Prof Pantami also thanks all those who have completed their NIN-SIM linkage.
“On behalf of the Honourable Minister, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, urges citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the window to complete the process of enrolment and verification within the next few days.”
When the SIM-NIN policy is implemented, SIMs that are not linked to their NINs will cease working.
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