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FG stops NIN retrieval charges across all networks

By Stanley Iwuoha

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) 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.

A statement by the Spokesperson of the Minister, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman on Friday said the Minister’s directive takes immediate effect.

She said the directive is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.

“In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive to the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director General of NIMC, the Minister said that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard.

“By this waiver, all Nigerians, subscribers and applicants can access the service using the *346# code for their NIN retrieval at no charge for the duration of the NIN/SIM Card integration exercise.

“The Minister appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders and encourages them to continue to sacrifice more for national interest,” she said.

Recall that the Federal Government had earlier directed that all National Identification Numbers be integrated with Subscriber Identification Modules for security purposes.

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