The federal government has extended the deadline for the ongoing national identification number (NIN) and subscriber identity module (SIM) integration exercise by three months.
The new deadline is March 31, 2022.
Minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Ali Pantami conveyed the decision of the federal government in a statement on Friday.
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The statement was jointly signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The minister said the extension was granted based on requests by stakeholders, including citizens, legal residents and Nigerians in the diaspora.
Pantami also disclosed that 71 million Nigerians had obtained their NIN, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN.