… as NIMC reiterates how to check the NIN with USSD code
Following the recent directive by the Federal Government, instructing mobile operators to block Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards that are not integrated with the National Identification Number (NIN).
In this respect, the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) has reiterated that Nigerians can view their NIN by dialing the USSD Code *346# on all mobile network at N20 service fee.
Reiterating this on its socialmedia platform (Twitter) on Tuesday, October 15, 2020, subscribers might be forced to check the status of their SIM cards in order to be sure their line is integrated with their NIN or not.
An analysis of this process shows that NIMC would incure about N4.15 billion from this process if all the over 207 million telecommunications subscribers make use of the USSD code and got charged N20 service fee.
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as at October 2020, mobile network providers has 207.95 million subscribers across the country.
The Federal Government therefore plans to integrate all the 207.95 million lines with the NIN in two weeks. Despite COVID-19 second wave looming and lack of digital machinery to carry-out the update remotely.
The process of generating revenue from Nigerians and the directive to integrate SIM cards with NIN are gruesome ways by the Federal Government to subject Nigerians to another phase of discomfort.