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How to link your Sim Cards with your NIN on each network

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the federal government directive, asking Nigerians to integrate their Subscriber Identity Modules(SIM) with their National Indentification Number (NIN), telecom operators in the country, have unveiled short codes to that effect.

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, had last week issued the ultimatum through the National Communications Commissions (NCC).

Nigerians had kicked against the idea, questioning the rational behind thr idea, and also queueing to get the NIN done. But to ease the whole process, telecom operators released various means of getting the integration done for a seamless process.

According to Globacom, “All our esteemed customers can now link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile numbers by simply sending ‘UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName’ to 109. For example, send ‘UPDATENIN 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-Ola’ to 109.”

Customers can dial *346# to retrieve their NIN if they have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Glo subscribers with additional enquiries are encouraged to contact any of its customer contact channels or to visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin for further support.

Another network, 9mobile also announced the launch of its intelligent portal for instant verification to help its customers to link their SIM cards with their NIN. The Online Self-Service NIN update portal www.9mobile.com.ng/nin, which has already gone live on the 9mobile website, enables subscribers to verify and update their NINs instantly.

The platform provides 9mobile subscribers an opportunity to submit and verify their NIN without physically visiting any of its Experience Centers.

Apart from the portal, 9mobile has also made available a USSD option *200*8# that allows subscribers to check the matching status of their NIN to their SIM and subsequently submit it for backend verification and mapping.

Commenting on the exercise, the Chief Information Officer, 9mobile, Ibikunle Jimo, said the looks out for the convenience of its subscribers by leveraging innovation.

“Immediately, we received the NCC directive to link all SIMs with the respective subscribers’ NIN; we challenged our IT and network teams to develop a seamless and stress-free solution for our customers.

He said: “This solution is differentiator for us since our customers do not need to wait endlessly for the NIN link up with their SIM cards. This is what it means to use innovation to solve societal challenges for our customers. This solution is the power of the innovation etched in our DNA.

MTN had earlier advised its customers to visit https://mtnonline.com/nim/ to submit their NIN or dial *785# or visit myMTNApp.

“If you don’t have a NIN, please visit an enrolment center and urge your family, friends and everyone you know to do same. If you have registered for a NIN and wish to retrieve it, please dial *346# using the number registered at enrolment, “ its Chief Customer Relations Officer, Ugonwa Nwoye, said.

Also, Airtel unveiled its shortcode of *121*1# which it said will facilitate seamless link of NIN with SIMs on its network.