Nigerian govt extends NIN registration until 2021 + All You need to Know about NIN

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The federal government has extended the deadline for Nigerians to link their National Identification Number (NIN) with their SIM cards.

For those with NIN, the new deadline is now January 19, 2021.

February 9, 2021 is the deadline given to those without NIN.

This is coming at a time when the government was criticised for issuing a two-week ultimatum to Nigerians to update their SIM registration.

Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had told telecommunications companies to block all unregistered SIM cards in the country in two weeks to block all unregistered SIM cards.

Customers of all networks were told to register with their National Identity Numbers (NIN) or risk losing their numbers.

 What is a NIN?

A. The National Identification Number (NIN) is the unique number which identifies you as a Nigerian, and is issued to you upon enrollment by NIMC (the National Identity Management Commission). It is used to match your biometric data and other details in the National Identity Database during verification and authentication.


Please what is so special about this NIN number?

A: The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual into the National Identity Database and is also used as a valid means of establishing or verifying individual identity.

How do I register for NIN?

A. You can register in any NIMC ECRs (Enrollment Centres) close to you. Kindly visit for a list of all enrollment centers nationwide.


How do I confirm my NIN number?

A. You can check your NIN Slip, it has your 11 Digit Number at the top left corner, on the second row. You can also dial *346# and press 1, please note that you may be charged 20 naira.

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