The Nigerian government has extended the deadline to link National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM cards registration data from 19th January to 9th February 2021.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) confirmed this to its members, saying the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) got the approval from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“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,” ALTON said in a statement signed by its Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and Publicity Secretary, Damian Udeh.

The association added that to ensure the extension period is judiciously use, 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 for a list of enrolment centres close to them.


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