The commission said the extension was to allow every subscriber enrol for the NIN and link their sims.
Communicating through their official twitter handle, NIMC said
” Public Notice!!!!
All Nigerians and legal residents are advised to enroll for their national identification number(NIN) and link them before february 9th, 2021.
Enroll for your national identification NUMBER (NIN) today!!!
“Please remember, nin enrollment is FREE.”
Meanwhile, a report by TheNation evaluated the number of sims yet to be linked to NIN to be about 160 million.
This could be a major reason for the extension.