The Federal Government has extended the deadline it earlier gave to telecommunication companies for the re-registration of all SIM cards with the National Identity Number (NIN).
This was disclosed in a statement by Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director-General, NIMC on behalf of the Ministerial Task Force which met today.
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.
According to the statement, the following resolutions were made
1. Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021.
2. Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February, 2021.
3. 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.
4. The President appreciates Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities; The Federal Government also thanks all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.
5. Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urges all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN.
6. USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions. Prof. Umar G. Danbatta, FNSE, FRAES, FAEng, FNIEEE, Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC
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