See Short Codes Released by Telecom Firms to Link NIN

By Ogechi Okorie

Abuja (Precise Post) – The short codes to enable customers link their National Identity Numbers (NINs) with Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) has been released by various Telecom operators.

This follows the two-week ultimatum handed subscribers and operators by the Ministry of Communications and .

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

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

It noted that it was rolling out this measure to make it easy for its subscribers to comply with the directive.

It advised customers without a to visit a enrolment centre to get one.

The had licensed 173 centers and 30 state governments/public sector institutions to conduct the enrolment across the country.

Glo subscribers with additional enquiries are encouraged to contact any of its customer contact channels or to visit for further support.

Another network, 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, which has already gone live on the website, enables subscribers to verify and update their NINs instantly.

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

Apart from the portal, has also made available a USSD option 2008# 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 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.

Airtel had also unveiled its shortcode of 1211# which it said will facilitate seamless link of NIN with SIMs on its network.

Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “instruct the Minister of Communications and , Mr Isa Pantami, and Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Aliyu Abubakar, to stop the NIN registration.

It said the data being sought by the agencies already existed in several platforms, including the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), driver’s license, international passport and voter cards.”


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