NIMC, NCC join forces to streamline NIN-SIM linkage process

In a groundbreaking move, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have announced a strategic partnership to streamline the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM linkage process.

In response to the growing national conversation surrounding the NIN-SIM linkage exercise, both organizations have underscored the importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals' unique national identification numbers. 

This collaboration signifies a shared commitment to bolstering security measures and enhancing service delivery across the board.

The collaborative efforts between NIMC and NCC will focus on exploring synergies and capitalizing on their respective expertise and resources in key areas such as capacity building and public awareness, streamlining of the NIN-SIM linkage process, data verification and validation, and policy harmonisation and regulatory framework among others.

A joint press statement to the effect signed by Ayodele Babalola, Technical Adviser, Media, and Communications to the DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); and Reuben Muoka, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), reads as follows:

“The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are pleased to announce a strategic collaboration aimed at enhancing processes related to the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM linkage.

“In recent times, the NIN-SIM linkage exercise has become subject of national discourse, reflecting the critical importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals' unique national identification numbers. Recognising the significance of this initiative in enhancing security and improving service delivery, both NIMC and NCC are committed to improving processes and enhancing efficiency.

“Under this collaboration, NIMC and NCC will work closely to explore synergies and leverage each other's expertise and resources in the following key areas:

“1. ⁠Streamlining the NIN-SIM Linkage Process: NIMC and NCC will collaborate to ensure a seamless experience for Nigerian telecommunication subscribers. This includes exploring innovative approaches to facilitate the swift verification and authentication of NINs during SIM registration and activation processes.

“2. Capacity Building and Public Awareness: Both agencies will collaborate on initiatives aimed at enhancing public awareness and understanding of the NIN-SIM linkage requirements. This includes educational campaigns, training sessions for stakeholders, and the dissemination of accurate information to the public to encourage compliance with the linkage directives.

“3. Data Verification and Validation: NIMC will continue to extend its support to NCC by providing assistance in verifying National Identification Numbers (NINs) associated with SIM registrations. Leveraging NIMC's robust database and authentication infrastructure, telecommunication operators will validate submitted NINs while ensuring the accuracy and integrity of subscriber data.

“4. Policy Harmonisation and Regulatory Framework: NIMC and NCC will collaborate on aligning policies and regulatory frameworks to facilitate the seamless integration of NIN-SIM linkage processes within the telecommunications ecosystem. This includes harmonising data protection and privacy regulations to safeguard the confidentiality and security of subscriber information.

“Both NIMC and NCC are committed to fostering a collaborative and transparent partnership that prioritises the interests of Nigerian citizens and promotes national development. By pooling our resources and expertise, we aim to overcome the challenges associated with the NIN-SIM linkage exercise and ensure its continued successful implementation.”
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