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FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Deadline Till End Of The Year

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FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Deadline Till End Of The Year

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Stakeholders Applaud the NIN-SIM Verification Exercise as FG Urges Citizens and Legal Residents to Enrol Before the End of the Year

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has conveyed the approval of the Federal Government to extend of the deadline for the National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification. Citizens and legal residents are urged to complete the process before the end of the year 2021.

The decision to extend the deadline was made further to appeals by the Mobile Network Operators and other industry stakeholders, soliciting for a further extension to ensure better compliance with government’s directive and to avoid widening the digital divide. The extension would also provide the enabling environment for the registration of Nigerians in remote areas, diaspora, schools, hospitals, worship centres, as well as foreigners, diplomatic missions, those in other areas that were hitherto unreachable, and increase enrolments in countries with a significant number of Nigerians.

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The review of the progress of the exercise indicated that over 66 million unique National Identity Numbers (NIN) have been issued- an indication of progress achieved in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage. However, a significant part of the populace is yet to be registered into the National Identity Database (NIDB), which may be due to some challenges which the Federal Government has looked into and has made efforts to alleviate, hence the need to extend the deadline.

As of October 30, 2021, there were over 9,500 enrolment systems and over 8,000 NIN enrolment centres within and outside the country- this has significantly eased the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM. The NIN-SIM verification process is supporting the Government’s drive to develop Nigeria’s digital economy, strengthen our ability to protect our cyberspace and support the security agencies.

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FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Deadline Till End Of The Year

The administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has graciously approved the extension to accommodate the yearnings of the populace and make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and link it with their SIM. The Federal Government will ensure that all innocent, law abiding citizens and residents will not lose access to the their phone lines as long as they obtain and link their NIN.

Government will also continue to provide an enabling environment for investors in the telecommunications sector,
The unique 66 million NIN enrolments, with an average of 3 to 4 SIMs linked to the NIN, is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to ensure the success of the project. With the creation of additional NIN enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many more coming up, the remaining citizens and legal residents living in the country and the diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs and link them with their SIMs before the end of the year.

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Consequently, the Honourable Minister enjoins Nigerians and legal residents to make use of the opportunity of the extension to enrol for their NINs and link with their SIMs. On behalf of the Honourable Minister, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the Director-General/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, urge citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the window to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the the end of the year 2021.

Signed:

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde
Director, Public Affairs
Nigerian Communications Commission

Mr. Kayode Adegoke
Head, Corporate Communications,
Nigerian Identity Management Commission

October 30, 2021

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The Federal Government has developed a code of conduct for all social media platforms in the country, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment has disclosed.

Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics’ monitored by DAILY INDEPENDENT, Keyamo who is a member of a committee set up by the federal government to meet with Twitter said the social networking site has almost complied with some of the conditions given to it by the government such as payment of taxes and opening of an office in Nigeria.

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Speaking on the code of conduct for all social networking sites, Keyamo said “The federal government is very anxious, not only Twitter. In fact, but we have also developed a code of conduct for all of them”.

“They have agreed to a code of conduct, that is Twitter and every other platform because we are using the example of Twitter to draw code of conduct for all other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all of them” .

“We decided at the committee level that we don’t want to isolate Twitter and give them some kind of bias treatment different from other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and all of that. So, we are developing a code of conduct not for Twitter alone but for the general social media platforms on the responsible social behavior that they must comply with”.
“Code of conduct can be made as bye law under the NBC code because that is broadcast” he said.

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Cryptocurrency prices are tanking this morning, with some of the biggest coins recording double-digit percentage drops as the global Black Friday discount shopping event gets underway and fears over a new Covid “variant of concern” spread. The combined crypto market has dropped under $2.5 trillion, down from a peak of around $3 trillion earlier this month.

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Bitcoin (-7%) $53,793
Ethereum (-10%) $3,959
Avalanche (-18%) $103.12
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The bitcoin price is this morning off by over 7%, with ethereum down by 10%. Bitcoin is quickly falling towards $50,000 while ethereum has edged below the closely-watched $4,000 level. Bitcoin’s price fall comes amid a sharp dip in its hash rate, a measure of the computing power directed at the bitcoin network. Quantum Economic’s Jason Deane spotted the decline.

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Ethereum rivals Binance’s BNB, solana, cardano and polkadot are all down by more than 10% with recent big gainers Crypto.com’s cro and avalanche down by almost 20% since this time yesterday.

Expect a lot of “buy the dip”-style advice from price boosters on Twitter and YouTube today and over the weekend amid claims of a crypto “Black Friday sale.”

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It matters because as people’s lives move more online, digital scarcity, smart contracts and online ownership created through bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will help form the foundations of the virtual economy. Video games are already embracing tokenization and Facebook’s rebrand under the Meta umbrella has kicked off a wave of interest in how digital assets will fit into the new virtual economy.

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23 Year-Old Igbo Girl Becomes Pilot After Dad Said He’ll Jump Off Plane If He Sees Female Pilot.

Meet – Miracle Izuchuwu, 23-year-old Nigerian born Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot (candidate) and Flight Attendant at American Airlines. She recently joined the elite group of 7% of females and 1% of black female Pilots in the world.

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I grew up in a society that did not encourage young girls to dream big, career-wise.

In 2019, I had an encounter with an Airline Pilot while working as a customer service rep. He opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a Pilot. A few weeks later, I went on a discovery flight that sealed it for me..

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I came home that day, called my father, and told him I was considering becoming a professional Pilot.

He said, and I quote: “if he gets on a plane and sees a woman as the Pilot, he would get off the plane”

words cannot explain the pain and confusion I felt. I needed that validation.

What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender?

In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to shout.

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