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FG gives go ahead for new SIM acquisition, registration

The Federal Government has announced the approval of new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration with National Identification Number (NIN) as a mandatory requirement for SIM acquisition and registration.

In a statement, yesterday, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, while disclosing the revised “National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration,” said SIM registration and procurement will kick of from Monday, April 19.

In December 2020, alongside the Federal Government’s mandated NIN-SIM linkage exercise, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directed Mobile Network Operators to halt the sale of new SIM cards to allow an audit of the registration database.

The action plunged many local vendors into hardship as many of the agents lost their sources of income and were driven into frustration.

However, the directive for SIM sales and registration to commence with compulsory presentation of NIN not only fosters security, but gets many of the vendors, who had been lamenting, back to work.

“The policy includes guidelines on new SIM acquisition and activation, SIM replacement, new SIM activation for corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine (IoT/M2M), among others.

The possession of a national identification number will be a prerequisite for each of these categories.

“For corporate registration, institutions will be required to appoint a telecoms master (at the minimum of an executive management level) to provide the operational Primary NIN representation. The telecoms master will also be responsible to ensure the users provide their NINs to serve as a Secondary NIN.

“For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure SIMs can only be used for point to point data services specific to the URL they are working with.

“Other services will be barred. In the event that a data only service is particular to individual use (e.g. home car tracking, WiFi, MiFi services, etc), the standard NIN registration process will be followed. A telecoms master will also be required for corporates requiring IoT/M2M activations. Full details of the requirements for each class of service will be made available in due course.

“The implementation of the policy will commence on Monday, April 19. The issuance of new SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as verification is done and the guidelines are fully adhered to. The minister has also directed NCC and NIMC to ensure the provisions of the policy are strictly followed by operators and subscribers,” the minister said in the statement:

Pantami thanked Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.

He reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.

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NIMC launches NIN verification mobile application

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has launched its highly anticipated mobile application known as NIMC APP which seeks to improve verification of National Identification Number (NIN).

The commission who disclosed this in a statement signed by the spokesperson of NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke, said the application will allow citizens the ease of proving their identity via their smartphones, and will also help Government bodies in verifying the identity of citizens.

The new app which was launched by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami will also offer a secure channel for governments agencies like FIRS, FRSC, NHIS, NYSC, etc to verify and authenticate the identities of citizens.

The statement read in part: “As an integral part of Nigeria’s digitization process spearheaded by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the App offers a built-in harmonization process that allows for its use across other government services including FIRS, FRSC, NHIS, NPF, and NCC to mention a few.

“On the other hand, the new improved NIN slip is pocket friendly and easy to verify and can be accessed via a self-service Portal, where persons who already have been issued the NIN, can log in, pay a small token fee, download a PDF of the document in color (if preferred) print and laminate as desired. The current NIN Slip will remain valid and gradually phased out.

“The NIMC App is available on the App Store for IOS users and Google Play store for Android users. The improved NIN Slip can also be downloaded via https://dashboard.nimc.gov.ng.”

It is note worthy for the general public, that the application doesn’t help in NIN registration for people who have not registered. It is an application instrumental for verification of identity and not registration of NIN. This means you need to have obtained your NIN before you can access the app.

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FG approves SIM swap centres

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The Federal Government has approved the establishment of dedicated Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) swap centres by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across all states and local government areas (LGAs) in the country.

A statement jointly signed by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), said the approval was part of resolutions reached at the Ministerial Task Force meeting on the NIN-SIM registration held recently and chaired by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.

“Approval was given to MNOs for the establishment of dedicated SIM swap centres across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria; approval was given for the extension of the tenure of NIN enrolment agent licenses for MNOs from one to five years in consideration of their satisfactory performance, subject to continuous monitoring. The technical committee was mandated to complete the development of a new SIM issuance strategy that cannot be compromised. This will ensure that there is no repeat of the past process that was compromised through pre-registration by some agents; and a Multi-Sectoral Adhoc Committee was tasked to immediately complete the review of the processes for new SIM activations for legal residents staying in Nigeria for less than 24 months.

“The membership of the committee was drawn from NCC, NIMC, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).”

The minister also tasked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and MNOs, to come up with a framework for the establishment for SIM swap/replacement centres in each of the 774 LGAs in the country, beginning with critical and feasible locations.

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Glo subscribers to enjoy up to 36GB free data at Valentine

Subscribers on Nigeria’s leading telecoms network, Globacom, are set to receive up to 36GB free data to express love and appreciation this valentine season. The offer, which was announced on Monday in Lagos, will give customers who purchase two smartphones from any of the GloWorld outlets free data ranging from 3GB to 36GB, to be used over the next six months.
According to the announcement, “The data bonus to be offered will be determined by the price of the particular smartphones purchased. Models of handsets that are available for purchase include iPhones, Samsung, Nokia, Infinix, Tecno, Vivo, Imose and Itel. The promotion will commence on February 8 and end on February 22, 2021.”
“We expect that our customers will be engaged in a lot of online activities before and around February 14, so we decided to make it easier for them to buy genuine devices at affordable prices for themselves and their loved ones. All devices come with warranties and after sales support from the manufacturers,” the statement added.
Globacom further stated that the promotion is one of the numerous ways it has adopted to give its old and new customers greater value and consistently reward them for their loyalty and patronage while encouraging better bonding and friendship between families, friends and loved ones especially during this Valentine season.

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Nigerian govt to make National Identity Number compulsory soon – Pantami

Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

ABUJA, Nigeria – The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has revealed that the National Identity Number (NIN) will soon be made mandatory for Citizens for accessing government services and interventions.

Minister in charge of the ministry, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said this when he received a briefing from the Management team of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on their activities following the final transfer of the supervision of the commission to the ministry on the 7th October 2020.

He called on the commission to ensure a 500% increase in the number of monthly Citizens’ Digital Identity Enrolments-up from the current 500,000 monthly enrolments to 2.5million monthly enrolments.

The minister, however commended the Director-General of NIMC, Engr Aliyu A. Aziz, for his commitment, noting that there has been a considerable increase in enrolments since he became the Chief Executive Officer of NIMC but maintained that there is still a need to raise the bar even higher.

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He said “This is imperative because the National Identity Number (NIN) will soon be made mandatory for accessing government services and interventions.”

He assured the NIMC team that he will do all he can, to address the challenges, especially those of funding, being faced by the commission.

According to his Spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, the minister also stated that he is “committed to ensuring that citizens easily obtain secure digital identity” and urged them to “enroll as soon as possible.”

He noted that “Digital Identity is one of the key requirements of any digital economy and it is captured under Pillar #6 of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.”