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The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the NIN-SIM data verification to June 30.

The extension which is the fifth since the exercise was announced was confirmed in a joint press statement by the spokespersons of the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Identity Management Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde and Kayode Adegoke, on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the eight-week extension was announced by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, at a virtual meeting.

Mr Pantami said the government approved the extension to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the National Identity Number (NIN).

“The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 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.”

“It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of National Identity Number for accessing several government services,” it said.

“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,” it concluded.

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