FG Extends Registration Period , Cancels of USSD and Verification Fees

The Federal Government of Nigeria, has approved the extension of Sim card  registration period and ordered the cancellation of the verification fees .    Three  weeks extension  were given to  subscribers with NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 19th January, 2021 while  Six   weeks extension were given   to  subscribers without NIN from 30th December, 2020 to 9th February, 2021  .NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens attend the registration in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols – particularly the use of facemasks which remains mandatory and maintenance of social distancing. \

The above decisions were taken when  the National Task Force on National Identification Number (NIN) and SIM Registration met  on the  21st December, 2020. The meeting was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) with major stakeholders in the sector including Chairman-NCC, EVC-NCC, DG-NITDA, DG-NIMC, ECTS/ECSM-NCC Also in attendance were .Chairman ALTON, CEOs of MTN, Airtel, Ntel, Glo, Smile, and 9Moble   The President appreciates Nigerians for their patience and commitment to update their Identities; The Federal Government also thanks all stakeholders for their compliance with the directives.  Mr. President has also commended the efforts of the Task Force and urges all stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to link their SIM card with their NIN. USSD and verification charges remain suspended during these extensions.

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