NIMC, NCC To Enhance NIN-SIM Linkage Processes

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have unveiled a collaborative effort aimed at improving processes related to the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM linkage.

In response to the growing importance of the NIN-SIM linkage exercise, both agencies have recognised the need to align SIM registrations with individuals’ unique national identification numbers. Understanding the crucial role of this initiative in enhancing security and service delivery, NIMC and NCC are committed to enhancing processes and efficiency.

As part of this collaboration, NIMC and NCC will work closely to explore synergies and utilize their expertise and resources in key areas:

  1. Streamlining the NIN-SIM Linkage Process: The agencies will collaborate to ensure a seamless experience for Nigerian telecommunication subscribers. This involves exploring innovative approaches to facilitate the swift verification and authentication of NINs during SIM registration and activation.
  2. Capacity Building and Public Awareness: Both agencies will join forces on initiatives aimed at enhancing public awareness and understanding of the NIN-SIM linkage requirements. This includes educational campaigns, stakeholder training sessions and accurate information dissemination to encourage compliance.
  3. Data Verification and Validation: NIMC will support NCC by assisting in verifying National Identification Numbers (NINs) associated with SIM registrations. Leveraging NIMC’s database and authentication infrastructure, telecommunication operators will validate submitted NINs to ensure data accuracy and integrity.
  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. This includes harmonising data protection and privacy regulations to safeguard subscriber information.

A joint statement signed by the technical adviser, media and communications to the DG, NIMC, Ayodele Babalola and the director of public affairs, NCC, Reuben Muoka highlighted the commitment of both agencies to a collaborative and transparent partnership. By pooling resources and expertise, they aim to overcome challenges associated with the NIN-SIM linkage exercise and ensure its successful implementation for the benefit of Nigerian citizens and national development.

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