The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says telecommunications companies have been licensed to register people for their National Identity Numbers (NINs).

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Speaking to the Press in Abuja on Tuesday, Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said the decision was taken to reduce the crowds at various NIMC offices nationwide.

He added that some other private and public organisations had also been licensed by the commission to register Nigerians who do not have their NINs.

“We have licensed private and public sector organisations including telcos (telecommunications companies) so as to create more centres.”

The Federal Government had fixed December 30, 2020, for the registration of all SIMs with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies, saying all unregistered SIMs would be blocked.


It later extended the December 30, 2020 deadline following widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and gave three weeks’ extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020 to January 19, 2021.

The NIMC also gave six weeks’ extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021.

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