The Federal Government has again approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to June 30, making it the fifth time it would approve an extension of the exercise.
The extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
In a statement jointly signed by both the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Ike Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, on Tuesday, the postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till June 30 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
Meanwhile, the statement informed that significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process.
It said nearly 190 million mobile numbers have been linked to their NINs and this can translate to up to 54 Million people, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to three to four phone lines.
Also, the Android enrollment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrollments.
Telecom providers and other enrollment agents have opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.