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.