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Deadline for NIN-SIM card Linkage has been Extended to May 6



The Federal Government has extended by one month the deadline for Nigerians to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) to their SIMs.

This detail was announced in a press statement released on Friday, April 2, 2021. It was signed jointly 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). According to the release, over 51 million people currently have NINs, with a substantial rise in monthly enrolment.

The Ministerial Task Force on NIN-SIM data linkage and main stakeholders met in Abuja on Thursday and agreed to extend the date of the NIN-SIM linkage to May 6.

The statement partly reads, “Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs. Many people have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs. With each individual having an average of three to four SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would be close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country.

The current number of monthly enrollments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations. There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrollments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline.

While speaking at the conference, the EFCC boss said that the NIN-SIM card connection will help the Federal Government’s efforts to curb the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals.


  1. by_stander

    April 3, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    The minister is now issuing threat to all Nigerians they risk up to 14 years if they don’t have NIN.

    is the Minister aiming to jail 150 million Nigerians including their children?

    And we thought he said he was doing this to protect Nigerians, for comparison, no terror group has affected the lives of 150 million Nigerians in the history of Nigeria.

    yet this minister still refuses to acknowledge there is a pandemic. still hasnt been sacked or sued personally.

  2. by_stander

    April 3, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    And as usual the Lawyers are watching as an unconstitutional law which is null and void is used to intimidate people into putting their lives at risk in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

    but what do i know, if i told you your lawyers and accountants are actively responsible for the state of our nation, you will not listen. its hard to imagine someone or group of people actually sat down to subvert the constitution of an entire nation, and the common man will not know where he/she stands until the case is tested in court.

    Even when the NIN-SIM card matter reached a court they gave only about 1 month extension, as if to say within 1 month the deadly pandemic will be over and everyone can register on the last day.

  3. Cbl Media

    April 5, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Ok does it mean that if my sim card is not linked with the NIN my sim will be blocked.
    Please can I get a direction on how to link my sim to NIN

  4. Jessy

    April 8, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    It will not work okay I said so.

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