The FG has extended the deadline for the NIN-SIM connection until June.

A file photo of NCC logo and some SIM cards.

The Federal Government has extended the continuing incorporation of National Identification Numbers (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) until June 30.

According to a statement signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director of public relations at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications at the National Identity Management Commission, the order was issued by Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (NIMC).

The postponement of the deadline was also focused on a call from stakeholders for an extension in order to make it easier for both people and legal immigrants to apply, according to the announcement.

This extension comes two days before the Federal Government’s previously scheduled May 6 deadline.

According to the Federal Government, 54 million Nigerians have received their NIN, with an estimated 190 million cell phone numbers.


NIN Enrolment Reaches 54 Million as FG Approves 30th of June as NIN-SIM Verification Deadline

The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to the 30th of June, 2021.

The extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, and attended by the following officials- Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Adeolu Akande, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Garba Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Azeez.

The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till the 30th of June in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 Million mobile numbers since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to 3 to 4 phone lines. The much-awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.

Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.

It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of the National Identity Number for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.

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. Dr Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.  He again reiterated the government’s commitment to continue taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.


Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde ​​Mr Kayode Adegoke

Director, Public Affairs​​​ Head, Corporate Communications,

Nigerian Communications Commission​National Identity Management ​​​​​​​Commission


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