Nigeria: 77.1 million identity numbers issued as NIN-SIM registration ends today

Published: 31/Mar/2022
Source: The Guardian (Abuja)

By Adeyemi Adepetun,

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued 77.1 million unique National Identification Numbers (NIN) in the country.

This new milestone was attained on March 21. It comes as the deadline for the verification and linking of NIN to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards ends today.

While Nigerians await the next direction on the NIN-SIM exercise from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the verification exercise, which started in December 2020 has had the deadline shifted eight times.

As at the end of 2021, the number of Nigerians without NIN, going by NIMC statistics, was 134.4 million, while issued NINs stood at 70 million. But from January to March, 7.7 million more NINs were issued. By implication, it means some 126.7 million Nigerians are still without NIN.

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Themes: Cartes d’identité et passeports
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2022