Earlier in the week, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) gave a two week grace for the telecommunications operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).
However, the Federal Government have now given another good news on NIN. They have now ordered all network providers to cancel the N20 charge for the retrieval of the National Identification Number (NIN) with immediate effect.
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami gave the order in a statement issued on Friday.
Network Providers were charging their users the sum of N20 to retrieve their National Identification Number (NIN) but the government have now come to the aid of their citizens.
If you are yet to check if your phone number is linked with your NIN, here are how you can check;
For MTN users:
Simply dial *785# and get it done in few seconds or Submit the form as soon as you’re done.
Wait for feedback from the network.
To link your NIN to your Airtel phone number, follow the steps below:
- Dial *121# on the Airtel line you wish to link.
Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send.
Enter your 11-digit NIN and send.
Wait for the message confirming your submission. If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again.
Other networks (Glo and 9mobile)
For other lines, simply visit the nearest office of your service provider (be it Glo, 9mobile) to register/link your NIN.
Just go along with NIN and your SIM pack. If you do not have your SIM pack, you probably should be prepared to swear an affidavit.
To be on the safer side, you can call your service provider’s customer care.