By Emma Okonji
The federal government has extended the deadline for the submission of National Identification Number (NIN) from January 19 to February 9, 2021.
The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) which confirmed the extension to its members Wednesday, said it received formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the extension.
A statement released Wednesday by ALTON and signed by its Chairman, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo and its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Damian Udeh, said: “The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) confirmed to our members that we have received formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from 19th January to 9th February 2021.
“We want to thank the President for giving us more time to deliver on this all-important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country. We are also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling digital economy. To ensure that we utilize the extension period judiciously, we urge all telecom subscribers who have a NIN to link it to their SIM Cards through available channels as soon as possible. Those yet to enrol are advised to visit www.nimc.gov.ng for a list of enrolment centres close to them.”