Following a recent federal government mandate, telecom firms are now required to prevent customers who have not yet linked their SIMs to their National Identity Numbers (NINs) from making outgoing phone calls.
More than 70 million people have been affected by the change in policy.
Those who are affected can now use a variety of methods to link their NIN to their account. Network providers like as MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile can be used to connect your devices.
MWS: NIMC MobileID is the name of the NIMC app that allows you to do this. On the Google Play Store (for Android phone users) and the Apple App Store (for iPhone users), it can be downloaded (for iPhone users).
Dr Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, has stated that a single NIN can be linked to seven different SIM cards via the NIMC Mobile App.
This piece walks you through how to link up to seven SIM cards to your NIN via the NIMC mobile app.
MWS: NIMC MobileID: Link your NIN to your Mobile Numbers in 5 steps
Step 1: Download NIMC Mobile ID App
Step 2: Login with your NIN
Use your 11-digit NIN digits to login into the NIMC mobile app
After log in, you will be presented with the menu containing six sections, namely:
- Show MY ID
- Get Virtual NIN
- Scan an ID
- Security PIN (Set up your security pin which you will be using for subsequent logins)
- Print NIN Slip (You can download and print your slip as earlier explained here)
- Link My Numbers
Step 3: Click Link My Numbers
Here is where you will link up to seven numbers with the NIN. After clicking “Link My Numbers, enter the number you want to link.
Note that the SIM must be active, that is, it must inserted into a phone. This will enable you to receive an One Time Password (OTP) for verification purposes via the SMS.
Step 5: Enter the OTP
After receiving the OTP via SMS, input into the box and hit submit. You will be notified if the linking is successful.
All you need to do to link another SIM to your NIN is just repeat the process explained above.
FG orders NIN weekend registration nationwide
In a related development, the National Identity Management Commission for Nigeria (NIMC) has announced the commencement of weekend NIN registration at all NIN enrollment centres nationwide.
According to the commission, the weekend enrollment will enable those yet to obtain their NIN to do so within the timeframe given by the federal government before enforcement of NIN-SIM linkage commences.
The minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Pantami, urged citizens and legal residents to take advantage of the weekend enrollment.