SIM Registration: FG Cancels USSD NIN Retrieval Fee

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SIM Registration: FG Cancels USSD NIN Retrieval Fee
Nwolu Obiajulu

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 Friday titled, ‘Pantami Orders Cancellation of NIN Retrieval Charge Across All Networks’, directed telcos to stop the deduction for NIN retrieval.

The statement read in part, “The Minister’s directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.

“By this waiver, all Nigerians, subscribers and applicants can access the service using the *346# code for their NIN retrieval at no charge for the duration of the NIN/SIM Card integration exercise.”

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