June 13, 2021

Why FG push NIN Registration deadline to June 30

….only 54 million registered so far out of

By allcitynews.ng

Concerned about the hard time being faced by Nigerians to aaccess the registration, Federal Government has again pushed the National Identity Number (NIN) registration date to end of June.

The extension to June 30 became imperative as only 54 million out of over 200 million people have been able to get registered so far by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Nigeria learnt that a presidential committee has recommended the extension following a huge success recorded in the last nine months.

A policy pronouncement on the deadline will be made anytime from now by the NIMC after approval by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that the Federal Government has decided to curtail the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, fraudsters and cybercriminals with the NIN-SIM linkage policy.

“We are hopeful that President Muhammadu Buhari will accept the advisory of the committee before NIMC makes appropriate announcement.

“The truth is that since September 2020 when the NIN registration became compulsory, it has become a major revolution which this nation has recorded in the last 61 years of its independence. It is an exercise that requires a lot of courage and political will. Therefore, the backlash is expected.

“There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrolments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline.

“We are getting closer to a comprehensive database in a manner that if any Nigerian commits a crime, he is easily traceable.

“As at April 30, NIMC has about 54 million records in the National Identity Database. The current number of monthly enrolments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million.

“On NIN-SIM linkage, a total of 56.18 million NINs have been collected by the mobile network operators. Each NIN is usually tied to an average of three to four SIMs.