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NIN: Pantami orders removal of N20 USSD imposed on Nigerians

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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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 Nigerians for NIN retrieval requests.

In a statement released by the Spokesperson to the Minister, Uwa Suleiman (Mrs) on Friday, while Minister’s directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.

In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director General of NIMC, informed Dr Pantami 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.

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

The Honourable Minister appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders and encourages them to continue to sacrifice more for national interest.


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