Telecom Operators are given two weeks to block SIM cards without NIN
On Tuesday, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) gave telecommunications operators like MTN, AIRTEL, GLO, 9mobile, etc that operates within Nigeria to block any of their SIM cards that that is not linked to any National Identification Number (NIN).
NCC however warned the telecommunication operators not to fail to comply with the directive, else they risk losing their license and also incurring heavy penalties.
This directive is coming after an urgent meeting was held in Abuja on the 14th of December 2020 according to Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde the NCC Director of Public Affairs.
The meeting was convened by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy with key stakeholders like the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Chief Executive Officers and Management of all telecom service providers in Nigeria were all in attendance.
It was in the meeting that they all agreed that SIM card owners should update their records with their National Identification Number – NIN so as to consolidate on previous SIM card registration and provide transparency and improve performance within the telecommunication sector.
We will recall that last week, the Nigerian Government through NCC asked the telecommunication operators to stop new SIM card registration so as to give room for a full audit of already registered SIM cards.
Many Nigerians took to social media to express their displeasure and stress the idea will impose on them.
Every subscriber is expected to link their SIM cards to their NIN between 16th December 2020 to 30th December 2020.
READ MORE: How do I find my NIN number?
MTN NIN Capture
following the directive of NIMC to all telecom operators in Nigeria, this is how to link your MTN SIM Card to NIN
MTN customers are directed to visit https://mtnonline.com/nin using a phone of a computer and complete the NIN linking form by entering their name, phone number, NIN, and email address. Submit the form after that and wait for feedback from MTN after some days.
To link your MTN SIM Card to NIN using USSD Code, dial *785#
Airtel NIN Capture
following the directive of NIMC to all telecom operators in Nigeria, this is how to link your AIRTEL SIM Card to NIN
Airtel has asked its users to wait for further directive from them but should go ahead and retrieve their NIN using *346# USSD Code
Update: Airtel has released the procedure for its users to link their airtel SIM Card to NIN. If you are an airtel user that wants to link your Airtel SIM Card to your NIN, kindly dial *121*1#. You can also visit https://airtel.com.ng/nin to fill the form.
To link your Airtel SIM Card to NIN using USSD Code, dial *121*1#
Glo NIN Capture
following the directive of NIMC to all telecom operators in Nigeria, this is how to link your Glo SIM Card to NIN
No directive from Glo network operator yet as regards the NIN Capture
Update: if you want to link your GLO SIM Card to NIN, this is what you have to do.
Send ” UpdateNIN, NIN, FirstName, LastName” to 109
e.g UpdateNIN, 12345678903, Chidera Abdul-Ola
9mobile NIN Capture
following the directive of NIMC to all telecom operators in Nigeria, this is how to link your 9mobile SIM Card to NIN
No directives from 9mobile network operator yet as regards the NIN Capture
Update: 9mobile has informed its users that they are developing a system for them to be able to link their 9mobile SIM card to NIN but should go ahead and retrieve their NIN using *346# USSD Code.
Update: to link your Glo SIM Card to NIN using the browser, you can visit https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin and fill the form
Update: 9mobile has released the guidelines for its subscribers to link their 9mobile SIM Cards to NIN.
to link your 9mobile SIM Card to NIN, kindly dial *200*8# on your mobile phone or visit https://9mobile.com.ng/nin
To link your 9mobile SIM Card to NIN using USSD Code, dial *200*8#