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FG Extends Deadline for NIN
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FG Extends Deadline for NIN

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for millions of Nigerians unable to link their National Identity numbers (NINs) with Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to February 9. The initial deadline expired on January 19. The mobile network operators (MNOs) said the Federal Government granted a further extension of the deadline to February 9 to allow subscribers yet to sync their SIMs with their NINs to do so. They also promised to start enrolling citizens to National Identity Database (NIDB) of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ease the frustration, desperation and extortion of people by desiring to get enrolled and get their NINs by unscrupulous elements. The MNOs, acting under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators ...
43 Million NINs Awaiting NIMC Verification
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43 Million NINs Awaiting NIMC Verification

Telecommunication companies in Nigeria have forwarded at least 43 million National Identity Numbers, NINs, to the National Identity Management Commission for verification in order to have them linked with their respective Subscriber Identification Modules, SIMs. Despite the duration of time given for telephone subscribers with NINs to link it with their SIMs elapsing today (January 19, 2021), service providers have said that SIMs with unlinked submitted NINs would not be blocked. Reports say bout 45 million NINs have been provided by the NIMC, as it was able to register about two million people in the last one month after the Federal Government ordered citizens to register their SIMs with valid NINs, Punch reports. African News Today had on December 15, 2020, that the Federal Gove...
NIN: NIMC Resumes Enrolment As Minister Promises to Address Workers’ Grievances
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NIN: NIMC Resumes Enrolment As Minister Promises to Address Workers’ Grievances

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has resumed the enrollment service for the National Identity Number, NIN, in its offices across the country, the commission said on Friday. According to the commission, the disruption occasioned by the planned strike action by the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, had been resolved. The Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke in a statement issued on Friday said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has intervened in the matter and assured the workers of addressing their grievances. Adegoke quoted the Minister to have asked the workers to emphathise with Nigerians whose Subscriber Identification (SIM) cards stand to be blocked if not linked with their NIN before the exp...
NIN: FG Outlines New Conditions for SIM Replacement
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NIN: FG Outlines New Conditions for SIM Replacement

The Federal Government has outlined new conditions for telecommunication service subscribers to have their lost, stolen, misplace or damaged SIM cards replaced. This was contained in a statement jointly signed on Friday by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde; and Head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke. The statement was titled, titled, ‘SIM Replacement Policy For The Nigerian Telecommunications Industry’. The Nigerian Communications Commission said subscribers must present their National Identification Numbers for their SIM cards to be replaced. According to the statement, the National Identity Management Commission will also verify the National Identification Numbers presented by subscribers before Mobile Network Operators replace affected SIM card...
FG Extends Deadline for Linking NIN to SIM Cards
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FG Extends Deadline for Linking NIN to SIM Cards

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the provision of National Identification Number (NIN) by telecommunication service subscribers as part of SIM registration to February 9, 2021. This was contained in a statement released on Monday jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta; and Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz. According to the statement titled, “Extension of Registration Period and Cancellation of USSD and Verification Fees,” three weeks have been added for subscribers already with NIN while six weeks have been added for those without NIN. The statement read in part, “The National Task Force on National Identification Number and SIM Registration met today, 21st December, ...
SIM Registration: FG Cancels USSD NIN Retrieval Fee
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SIM Registration: FG Cancels USSD NIN Retrieval Fee

Following the new directive on linking National Identification Number to SIM cards, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Identity Management Commission to discontinue the N20 USSD fee incurred by subscribers for NIN retrieval requests. The NCC had earlier mandated telecommunication providers to block SIM cards not registered with NIN. Federal Government recently approved 172 centres and 30 state government institutions for NIN enrolment across the country. Subscribers who had enrolled for NIN in the past but forgot their identification numbers were charged a fee by telecommunication providers for retrieval. However, the spokesperson for the Minister, Uwa Suleiman, in a statement on Fr...
Reps Link NIN Demand for SIM Registration to #EndSARS
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Reps Link NIN Demand for SIM Registration to #EndSARS

 The House of Representatives on Wednesday said the recent directive to link National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identification Module cards was linked with strange calls and messages received by public officials from strangers with unregistered SIM cards during the recent #EndSARS protests. The House said it summoned the NCC to verify the identities of the owners of the telephone lines but they could not be verified as the SIM cards were not registered. The NCC had ordered that SIM cards not linked to NIN issued by the National Identity Management Commission be blocked after weeks. the legislative chamber, however, asked for an elongation of the deadline issued to subscribers to 10 weeks. Speaking at the plenary on Wednesday, the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, moved ...
SIM Card to be Linked to National Identity Number – FG
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SIM Card to be Linked to National Identity Number – FG

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has directed that SIM cards be linked to National Identity Number (NIN). The directive follows an earlier order by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the suspension of new SIM card registration by network operators pending a database audit. The minister who issued the new directive on Monday during an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the communications industry, gave telecoms operators two weeks to link subscribers’ registered SIM cards on their networks to their NIN, which is currently being issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). He further added that submission of NIN by subscribers must take place within two weeks from today December 16, 2020, and end by December 30, 2020...
NCC Halts Sale, Registration of New SIM
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NCC Halts Sale, Registration of New SIM

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered Mobile Network Operators to immediately halt the sale and activation of new SIM cards pending an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs who disclosed that it was pertinent for operators to comply until the audit exercise had been concluded. Adinde said that the audit was directed by Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, noting that an exemption might be granted following approval from the Federal Government through the commission. According to the director, sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license would be meted out to operators who fail to comply with the di...