The ongoing NIN integration to SIM card exercise has been extended by eight weeks.
The new deadline is now April 6, 2021
The message was conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
Pantami conveyed the message during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021.
Initially, on December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.
The deadline was later extended following the widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and three weeks’ extension was given for subscribers with NIN to January 19, 2021.
It also gave additional extension from December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021, but many organisations had called for further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration process due the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.