Nigeria further delays deadline for SIM registration

Nigeria further delays deadline for SIM registration

The government of Nigeria has granted the nation’s mobile phone users additional time to register a valid National Identification Number (NIN) with their network provider.

Technext reports that the deadline was previously set for 30th June and has now been extended to 26th July following a request from stakeholders arguing that there was a “need to consolidate the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process following a rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country.”

The NIN-SIM registration process was initiated in December 2020, and has now been delayed five times. The delays have largely been to accommodate the rollout of registration centres by mobile providers, facilitating the process of registration to allow citizens to receive their NINs and link them to their SIMs with the ultimate goal of improving Nigeria’s mobile security.

Around 57.3 million unique NINs have been registered under the process, with an average of three to four SIMs logged under each NIN. Accordingly, TeleGeography notes that the registration process has seen Nigeria’s total number of mobile subscribers drop from around 200 million at the start of 2021 to 188 million at the end of March this year.