- Network service providers in Nigeria are giving subscribers in the country a hard time coping with the NIN registration
- This was the position of Lauretta Onochie, a presidential media aide, on Thursday, January 28
- Onochie said the many messages sent by the service providers to citizens on the exercise are confusing
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The presidency has reacted to the way service providers in Nigeria update citizens on the National Identification Number (NIN) registration.
A presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, on Thursday, January 28, said the multiple messages sent to Nigerians to partake in the process are rather confusing.
Onochie said at some point the mobile network operators acknowledge subscribers' conclusion of the process after which they still require them to register again.
On her Twitter page, she wrote:
"Service providers are confusing Nigerians. You submit your NIN. They acknowledge your submission. In their acknowledgment, they quote your NIN. Confirming that they got your submission. Weeks after, they are still sending you texts to submit your NIN."
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Before now, many Nigerians have complained about the strenuous processes involved in the NIN registration in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, a viral post had emerged on WhatsApp claiming that Nigeria's old National Identity card had a "seq number" which could be used as the NIN by those who have it and are yet to enrol for the new NIN.
The post reads:
"For those that have not done their NIN registration, And they have the old national identity card. Just look at the back of the card, you will see Seq number.
"That is your NIN number. Use it appropriately with the code of any network. E.g for MTN *785*seq. number# then send. You will be successfully registered, pls kindly share."
However, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Wednesday, January 27, reacted to the claim via a Twitter post.
According to NIMC, the National Identity card has been discontinued. The agency further enjoined anyone who was yet to enrol for NIN to do so.
"The OLD National Identity card has been DISCONTINUED. If you still hold the old ID card, you should enrol for the National Identification Number (NIN)."