The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise till June 30.
Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy gave the directive according to a statement jointly signed 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).
The postponement of the deadline, according to the statement was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register. This extension is coming two days before the May 6 deadline earlier announced by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government said 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have obtained their NIN.