MTN NIN registration has opened online for subscribers to link their National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM registration data, the mobile phone company says.
The largest telco also says it has received an enrolment and verification license from the nation’s ID manager, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), “based on which this work is being done.”
Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy this week issued an order that phone users should link their NIN with their SIM registration data, or stand the risk of being cut off in a two-week grace ending December 30, this year.
MTN Nigeria created the web-based service to enable its subscriber base meet compliance with government order to link their NIN with SIM registration data with their respective mobile network operators.
The MTN Customer NIN Capture offers a web-based service for MTN Nigeria subscribers to virtually link their NIN with SIM registration data, without the need to visit the physical customer care centre of the telco.
As of October, MTN Nigeria has 83,331,682 (40.14%) active lines followed by Airtel Nigeria, 56,214,072 (27.08%); 55,079,362 (26.53%) and 9mobile, 12,953,121 (6.24%), according to official market data by the industry regulator.
MTN Nigeria says it has opened the online NIN submission platform as part of several steps to streamline the processes for its subscribers to link their NIN with their SIM registration data.
“As a first step, customers are now able to submit their NINs to us via our website and will soon be able to do same via myMTN App, USSD and SMS”, MTN Nigeria says in a statement.
“Alongside this, the sale, registration, and activation of all new SIM cards have been suspended, while swaps and upgrades will only be completed upon provision of NIN.
“Per the directive, we are required to disconnect lines not linked to NIN by December 30 2020”, the mobile network says.
“With this in mind, if you don’t have a NIN, please visit an enrolment centre and urge your family, friends and everyone you know to do same. If you have registered for a NIN and wish to retrieve it, please dial *346# using the number registered at enrolment”, MTN Nigeria says.