The minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has extended the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise.
The exercise has been extended till June 30, The Cable reports.
Punch reports that this was contained in a statement jointly signed by the director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde; and the head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Káyọ̀dé Adegoke.
The federal government had on Wednesday, February 10, said it would soon announce the deadline for the integration of the National identity Numbers (NIN) with bank accounts.
Pantami made this disclosure in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
According to the minister, a timeline for the mandatory linkage of the NIN with bank accounts would soon be released by the communication ministry.
Also, the federal government announced that the telecommunications companies have been licensed to register NIN for people who are yet to have the number.
This came barely two weeks to the deadline directive for the network subscribers to link their SIM cards to their NIN.
It was gathered that the order was given so as to reduce the large crowds at the offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reacted to the alleged placement of the minister on a terror watch list.
The FBI, in its response to the request sent to it by Leadership newspaper, said:
“Consistent with our standard posture, we can neither confirm nor deny whether an individual is on the watch list.”