SIM Registration: FG Cancels NIN Retrieval Charge

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

 

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC) to remove the N20 charge imposed on subscribers for National Identification Number (NIN) retrieval requests.

The NCC had recently asked telecommunication service providers to block SIM cards not registered with NIN after two weeks.

The Federal Government also listed 173 centres and 30 State Government institutions approved for NIN enrolment across Nigeria.

Subscribers who had enrolled for NIN in the past but don’t remember their identification numbers are required to pay a fee for the retrieval.

But in a statement on Friday by the spokespersons of the Minister, Uwa Suleiman, the Federal Government ordered telcos to stop the charge for NIN retrievals.

The statement entitled, ‘Pantami Orders Cancellation Of NIN Retrieval Charge Across All Networks’, read in part: “The Minister’s directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.”

“In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director-General of NIMC informed Dr Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard.”

“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.”

Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT

PANTAMI ORDERS CANCELLATION OF NIN RETRIEVAL CHARGE ACROSS ALL NETWORKS

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The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS,FIIM, MCPN has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to remove the N20 USSD fee imposed on subscribers for NIN retrieval requests.

The Minister’s directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable. In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director General of NIMC, informed Dr Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard. 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.
Recall that the Federal Government had earlier directed that all National Identification Numbers be integrated with Subscriber Identification Modules for security purposes.

The Honourable Minister appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders and encourages them to continue to sacrifice more for national interest.

Signed
Uwa Suleiman (Mrs)
Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy.
18th December 2020.

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