Linking your SIM cards to your National Identity Number (NIN) is now mandatory following the recent federal government directive that has asked telecommunications companies to ban subscribers who have not yet done so from making phone calls outgoing.
Over 70 million subscribers have been affected by the development.
For those concerned, there are now several ways to link your NIN to the line. You can link through your network providers such as MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile.
You can also do this through the NIMC mobile application named MWS: NIMC MobileID. It is available for download from Google Play Store (for Android phone users) and Apple App Store (for iPhone users).
For those with more than one SIM card, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Pantami said seven SIM cards can be linked to one NIN through the NIMC mobile app.
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This article tells you how to link up to seven SIM cards to your NIN via the NIMC mobile app.
MWS: NIMC MobileID: associate your NIN with your mobile numbers in 5 steps
Step 1: Download the NIMC Mobile ID app
Download the original NIMC app. You can click here to download the app or directly go to Google Play Store (Android) and Apple App Store (iPhone) to download it
Step 2: Log in with your NIN
Use your 11-digit NIN digits to log into the NIMC mobile app
Once logged in, you will be presented with the menu containing six sections, namely:
- Show MY ID
- Obtain a virtual NIN
- Scan an ID
- Security PIN (Set up your security PIN which you will use for future logins)
- Print the NIN slip (You can download and print your slip as previously explained here)
- Link my numbers
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Step 3: Click on Link my numbers
This is where you will link up to seven numbers with the NIN. After clicking on “Link my numbers, enter the number you want to link.
Note that the SIM card must be active, that is, it must be inserted into a phone. This will allow you to receive a one-time password (OTP) for verification purposes via SMS.
Step 5: Enter password
After receiving the OTP via SMS, enter it in the box and click Submit. You will be notified if the binding is successful.
All you need to do to link another SIM card to your NIN is simply repeat the process explained above.
FG orders registration of NIN weekend nationwide
In a related development, the Nigeria National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced the start of weekend NIN registration at all NIN registration centers across the country.
According to the commission, the weekend registration will allow those who have not yet obtained their NIN to do so within the time frame set by the federal government before the NIN-SIM bonding application begins.
Communications and Digital Economy Minister Pantami urged citizens and legal residents to take advantage of weekend registration.