Following criticism by Nigerians, the Federal Government have extended the date for the close off of the connection of National Identification Number to telephone numbers.

This was made known in a statement jointly issued by Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz, and his Nigerian Communications Commission counterpart, Umar Danbatta on Monday.

Last week, communications minister Isa Patami said any telecom subscriber that failed to submit NIN to its network provider within two weeks would be blocked from December 31.

Subscribers with NIN have now been given three weeks’ extension to get their NIN linked with their mobile lines; while those without NIN are given six weeks to get their NIN and link it to their lines.

“Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021; and “Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February 2021”, the statement reads.

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