- Minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has ordered the cancellation of the NIN retrieval fee
- Pantami made the directive in a statement issued on Friday, December 18
- The FG had asked the telecommunication company to block subscribers who refuse to link their numbers with NIN
Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to remove the N20 USSD fee imposed on subscribers for NIN retrieval requests.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson to the minister, Uwa Suleiman on Friday, December 18, and seen by Legit.ng, Pantami said the directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.
Confirming their readiness for the implement the directive, the executive vice-chairman of NCC and the director-general of NIMC, informed Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the mobile network operators.
Pantami said the waiver would enable all Nigerians, subscribers and applicants to access the service using the *346# code for their NIN retrieval at no charge for the duration of the NIN/SIM card integration exercise.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) mandated the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the processing of driver’s license.
It was reported that the agency made the announcement on Wednesday, December 16 in a statement posted on its social media pages and signed by an Assistant Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem.
He emphasised the need for a harmonised database of all citizens and described it as critical to resolving security challenges in the country.
Kazeem urged the public, especially those going for their driver’s licence processing, to heed to the directives and follow the procedures for getting their NIN from the NIMC.
In a related development, the federal government announced the licensing of 173 centres and 30 state institutions for the enrolment of the NIN.
The government stated that the centres would be responsible for the enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the NIMC.
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