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NIMC Synergises with NCC to Ease NIN-SIM Linkage



NIN-SIM Linkage
Engr. Bisoye Coker-Odusote, NIMC DG and Aminu Maida, EVC/CEO of NCC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are strengthening collaboration to enhance 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 have committed to improving processes and enhancing efficiency.

Under their latest collaboration, the duo plan to work closely to explore synergies and leverage each other’s expertise and resources in key areas.

In a statement jointly signed by Ayodele Babalola, Technical Adviser, Media, and Communications to NIMC DG and Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, the key area include streamlining the NIN-SIM linkage process;capacity building and public awareness; data verification and validation; and policy harmonisation and regulatory framework.

According to them, the agencies will collaborate to ensure a seamless experience for Nigerian telecommunication subscribers. This includes exploring innovative approaches to facilitate swift verification and authentication of NINs during SIM registration and activation processes.

“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.

“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,” they said.

As per the new handshake, NIMC and NCC will also 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.

Meanwhile, both agencies restated their commitment 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,” they assured.

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