- The federal government has commended a leading telecommunications services provider in Nigeria for its compliance with the NIN registration exercise
- Is Pantami, the minister of communication and digital eceonmy, made the commendation on Monday, February 8, in Abuja
- The minister said the government is taking definitive steps in ensuring a smooth NIN verification and enrolment process
Isa Pantami, the minister of communication and digital economy, has commended leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, for its compliance with the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN) verification and enrollment exercise.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister made the comment during a visit to one of the telco’s enrolment centers in Abuja on Monday, February 8.
He led a delegation of key government officials including the director-general, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu A. Aziz, and the executive vice-chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, among others to the Airtel showroom in Abuja.
Speaking during the visit, Pantami expressed satisfaction with Airtel’s compliance to the ongoing exercise, lauding the company for partnering with the government and taking definitive steps in ensuring a smooth NIN verification and enrolment process.
He commended the telco for its cooperation with the government in making adequate preparations for the exercise and asked that his appreciation be extended to the chief executive officer and its management.
The minister, according to the report, was received by Airtel Nigeria’s regional operations director, northwest region, ThankGod Otorkpa and the general manager, government relations, Kehinde Sanusi.
The chief executive officer/managing director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said the telco is always seeking opportunities to partner with the Nigerian government on initiatives that would make life easier for Nigerians, hence the company’s collaboration with the NIMC to register citizens in the ongoing exercise.
The telco advised its customers to visit any of the centres nearest to them to complete their verification and enrollment exercise.
It added that those without NIN can fulfil the requirement at any certified NIMC enrolment centre, while those who already have NINs have the option to send their NINs to Airtel via USSD, SMS or through the Airtel self-care app or website to update their SIM registration details.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government stated arrangements are ongoing to replace the Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).
It was reported that the minister, Pantami, who made this known shortly after a tour of telecoms operators and NIN licensees in Abuja, said President Muhammadu Buhari was briefed on the on-going NIN registrations.
The minister said the president was happy with the conduct of the exercise so far, adding that he had also briefed the National Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the imperative of replacing BVN with NIN.