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Federal Government extends Deadline for NIN Update to January 19 & February 9 2021



The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the provision of National Identification Number (NIN) by telecommunication service subscribers January 19 and February 9, 2021, respectively.

This was contained in a statement on Monday 21 December by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

The statement titled, ‘Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees’, was jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta, and Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz.

Read the statement below:

Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees
The National Task Force on National Identification Number (NIN) and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, 2020. The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) with major stakeholders in the sector including Chairman-NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC, Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble in attendance.
Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made:
1. Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021.
2. Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021.
3. NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing.
4. The President appreciates Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities; The Federal Government also thanks all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.
5. Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urges all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN.
6. USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.
Prof. Umar G. Danbatta, FNSE, FRAES, FAEng, FNIEEE, Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC
Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director-General, NIMC
For: Ministerial Task Force


  1. by_stander

    December 22, 2020 at 8:48 am

    If people still need to queue and do bio metrics in this pandemic then this is still completely nonsense unless they have a cure for COVID-19.

    What happened at the registration centers yesterday amounts to Manslaughter and Gross negligence. The NCC Boss and others involved need to be arrested and charged to court immediately!

    I would also argue that they have been deceitful about the complete process for those that don’t have NIN even though being aware a significant number of people dont have NIN.

    Those that think they’ve escaped because they did their NIN earlier, i have news for you. Anyone on that queue that gets infected can still infect you directly or indirectly! and they will certainly infect their friends and family members.

  2. by_stander

    December 22, 2020 at 8:53 am

    NCDC, PTF and State Governors are a complete disgrace if they are not able to launch legal action against NCC Boss and all others involved in this completely stupid directive that has put millions of Nigerian lives at risk and will certainly lead to deaths.

    The directive was reckless with complete disregard for human life! they need to be sacked immediately!

  3. Ayoade Ayomiposi

    December 22, 2020 at 10:47 pm


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