Richard Ginika Izuora
The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has given a USSD code for the retrieval of the National Identity Number.
The information is contained in a verified tweet by the NIMC.
The Nigerian Communications Commission earlier issued a two week ultimatum to telecommunication operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers, as earlier reported by Nairametrics.
Following the recent directive, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) urged the general public to beware of fraudsters and scammers who are on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting people. To avoid this, NIMC urged the public not to click on any unverifiable link requesting for NIN.
The agency has urged the public and citizens who are already enrolled in the NIMC scheme but have lost their NIN to dial *346# to retrieve the NIN. The USSD code is available on MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile.
For those people whose SIM card used for the registration of NIN have been reallocated, NIMC urged such people to visit their telecom registration centres to have their NIN merged with their current SIM card.
For name modification, individuals are urged to visit NIMC office and pay the sum of N500 via Remitta. Further breakdown showed that for those adding or changing a new name, newspaper publication and court affidavit are required, while those with misspelt name require no newspaper publication.
Oriental News Nigeria, reports that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has issued a directive to all mobile network operators to deactivate all SIM cards that will not be duly registered with valid national identity number (NIN) in 14 days.
“Operators to require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN); to update SIM registration records,” the statement read.
“The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks; from today December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020,” the statement continued.
The move, if effected, will see millions of mobile lines blocked. With a population of 200 million; the west African country has an estimate of over 198 million active mobile lines. Only 41.5 million Nigerians have registered for identity cards as of May 2020.
Equally, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Patami, had stated that any telecom subscriber who failed to submit NIN to its network provider within two weeks would be blocked from December 31.
In the time being, the following codes have been provided for Nigerians to confirm the registration status of their mobile numbers to avoid being blocked:
MTN – *789*1#
AIRTEL – *746#
9MOBILE – dial 746 or 200
GLO – text REG to 746 or 3456