NIN-SIM Linkage: October 31 Deadline, NIMC Suffers Network Delay

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is currently facing a network delay which has slowed down the generation of National Identity Numbers even as the deadline for customers to link their SIM to their NINs draws near.

According to the reports that while newly registered customers usually obtained their NIN within a day or two in the past, some now have to wait for as long as a week in order to generate their NIN.

Customers without NINs or those who have failed to link their NIN to their telephone lines will not be barred from using their telephone lines from Sunday, October 31, 2021.

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A top source at NIMC said:

“You can still register for the NIN as a new customer but you cannot generate NIN as quickly as you could in the past. This is because of the rush for registration and the pressure on our system.”

Explaining how the process of registration works :

The official added:

“When you complete your registration, the information is stored at the back end. Then it goes through a process known as deduplication. The deduplication will ensure that your biometric data is not the same as any other person’s own.

“All these are happening because of the rush on the system. It is overwhelming and some expatriates have been coming to look at it but the problem is funding.”

Again, efforts to get NIMC Spokesperson, Kayode Adegoke, proved abortive.

Commission to take decision on deadline :

Meanwhile, indications have emerged that millions of subscribers may be at risk of disenfranchisement three days to the October 31 deadline set by the NIMC for subscribers to link their Subscriber Identity Module to their National Identity Numbers.

According to a source in the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, only about 70 million SIMs have been verified to their respective NIN.

The source noted the verification exercise was being slowed down by the NIMC. The source added that the decision to extend the deadline was in the hands of the minister of communications and digital economy.

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We want 2-month extension as deadline nears, Telecom subscribers beg NCC, give reason ;

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that telecommunication subscribers are seeking a two-month extension of the Sunday, October 31 deadline for National Identity Number-Subscriber Identity Module data verification.

The President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, highlighted the need to further extend the deadline of the SIM-NIN exercise to allow for the full implementation of the security policy.

According to Ogunbanjo, registration centres for NIN are now jam-packed because the deadline is about to expire.

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