The FG through the office of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has ordered the cancellation of the NIN retrieval fee which network subscribers are meant to pay for the retrieval of their NIN for the duration of the NIN/SIM card integration exercise.
On Tuesday, December 15 2020, the NCC on the order of the Minister announced that all SIMS unconnected to their NIN will be blocked within the next two weeks, and the NCC shared a USSD code that could be used to check if your SIM is connected to the NIN at a cost of N20. The NCC has now being ordered to remove the imposed service fee.
The government also listed 173 centres and 30 state government institutions approved for NIN enrolment across Nigeria.
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But in a statement on Friday by the spokesperson for the minister, Uwa Suleiman, the government ordered telcos to stop the deduction for NIN retrieval.
The statement titled, ‘Pantami Orders Cancellation Of NIN Retrieval Charge Across All Networks’, partly read, “The 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.”
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