The National Identification Number (NIN) and the SIM card linkage deadline have been extended until July 26 by the Federal Government. This extension comes just one day before the previous deadline (June 30).
According to a joint statement from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the decision to extend the deadline was taken after stakeholders requested that the enrolling and NIN-SIM verification processes be consolidated.
This follows the rapid increase in the number of enrollment systems across the country.
The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
The FG also announced that more than 4,500 new enrollment systems have been added to the process since December 2020. This brings the total number across the country to 5,410.
Since the NIN-SIM linking exercise was announced in December 2020, this would be the fifth deadline extension. The FG believes that with the addition of thousands of new enrollment centers across the country, the new deadline would enable every citizen and legal resident to obtain their NINs.
So far, 57.3 million NIN has been obtained
The FG also announced that there are now a total of 57.3 million unique NIN enrollments so far, with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. Nigeria has 188 million mobile subscriptions. Using the FG’s benchmark of 3 SIMs per NIN, it means roughly 170 million mobile subscriptions have been accounted for.
This, however, doesn’t account for the general population. With over 200 million people in the country and more than 105.8 million of them adults, it means nearly 50% of the adult population are still without NIN.
With Nigeria’s mobile penetration rate currently standing at 55%, there’s a huge possibility that targeting just mobile subscribers as the FG’s strategy to drive NIN registration might not be wholesome. This is simply because about 90 million Nigerians would be excluded from the strategy.