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NIMC Adopts Booking System for SIM-NIN Enrolment

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has officially introduced a booking system for the registration of the National Identification Number (NIN).

The new development was made known via a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy (FMCDE).

According to the statement, the recent enforcement of the SIM-NIN linking exercise has occasioned a huge demand of NIN.

As such, there has been a large crowd visiting the NIMC enrolment centers every day.

While the second wave of COVID-19 is still on rampage, the Federal Government wants to curtail the spread that could be caused by overcrowded spaces.

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NIMC registration centre at Alausa, Ikeja

As a result of the above, NIMC in its statement will now attend to applicants based on a new booking system.

Effective December 30, 2020, the booking system would require applicants to visit any of the NIMC enrolment offices closest to them to book an appointment.

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This exercise according to the statement will only run between 9am to 1pm every day.

Once admitted, a number-issuing queue management will be in place to ensure strict orderliness.

More so, the new development will also ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

The booking system isn’t entirely new

While NIMC is only making the booking system official now, it has been adopted since February 4, 2020.

However, due to the short time frame slated for the SIM-NIN enrolment; the crowds at the various NIMC offices have rather been overwhelming.

Hence the need to officially slam the booking system to further regulate the attendance of many Nigerians rushing to complete the mandatory exercise.

FG extends NIN-SIM card linking exercise

Recall that the Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the registration period for the NIN-SIM card linking exercise initially slated for December 30, to February 9, 2021.

Similarly, the temporary cancellation of N20 USSD and verification fees was also extended.

This information was disclosed by the FMCDE weeks back.

The latest resolution followed a meeting held by the Task Force on NIN and SIM registration.

The meeting chaired by the Minister of FMCDE, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, also had other key stakeholders in attendance.

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Key resolutions from the stakeholders meeting include the following:

  1. Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from  December 30, 2020, to  January 19, 2021.
  2. Six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021.
  3. NIMC has provided strategies to enable citizens to attend the registration in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols. The use of facemasks remains mandatory, the same as strict compliance of social distancing.
  4. USSD and verification charges remain suspended during the period of extension.

Oyinloye Bosun is a writer at Techuncode. Although not a gadget freak, he has a keen interest in familiarizing himself with every technology product - software or hardware. He also loves to arm himself with the knowledge of tech activities/events taking place both on the Local and International scenes. The provision of the above has pushed him to choose writing as a profession. Wondering if he has a hubby? Yes! He loves streaming tech-related podcasts in his spare time.

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