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NCC, NIMC Partner to Enhance NIN-SIM Linkage Process

Telecom Agencies Focus on Efficiency, Public Awareness

by Victor Adetimilehin

Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced a strategic collaboration to improve the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM linkage process. This initiative comes after the February 28th deadline for SIM-NIN linkage, which resulted in the deactivation of an estimated 40 million phone lines.

This was disclosed on Sunday in a joint statement signed by the Technical Adviser, Media, and Communications to the DG/CEO of NIMC, Ayodele Babalola, and the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Reuben Muoka.

The NIN-SIM linkage exercise has recently become the subject of national discourse, reflecting the critical importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals’ unique NINs.

Focus on Streamlining Processes and Public Education

The collaboration between NCC and NIMC prioritizes streamlining the NIN-SIM linkage process, enhancing public awareness, and improving data verification. This will involve exploring innovative methods to expedite NIN verification during SIM registration and activation. Public awareness campaigns, stakeholder training sessions, and accurate information dissemination are all designed to encourage Nigerians to comply with the NIN-SIM linkage requirements.

“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,” the agencies stated.

The statement read in part, “NIMC and NCC will collaborate to ensure a seamless experience for Nigerian telecommunication subscribers. This includes exploring innovative approaches to facilitate the 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.

A Collaborative Effort for Improved Security

Data security remains a top concern. NCC and NIMC will leverage NIMC’s robust database and authentication infrastructure to ensure the accuracy and integrity of subscriber data during the verification process. Additionally, both agencies will work together to harmonize data protection and privacy regulations within the telecommunications sector.

The NCC had previously faced criticism for barring phone lines without NIN linkage. This collaboration signals a shift towards a more collaborative approach.

Last week, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project threatened to drag the NCC to court if it failed to reverse its directive to telcos to bar telephone lines.

By working together, NCC and NIMC aim to address the challenges associated with NIN-SIM linkage and ensure its successful implementation. This initiative has the potential to enhance national security and improve service delivery within the Nigerian telecommunications sector.

Source: Punch

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