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Telcos unveil short codes for seamless SIM-NIN link

*The National Identity Management Commission says it is implementing this measure to make it easy for telecom subscribers to comply with the government’s directive on SIM-NIN linkage

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria’s telecom network operators have launched short codes to enable consumers of their products and services to link their National Identity Numbers (NINs) with Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs).

ConsumerConnect reports the telecom companies’ step is in line with the two-week ultimatum handed subscribers and operators by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Globacom said:  “All our esteemed customers can now link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile numbers by simply sending ‘UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName’ to 109.

For example, send ‘UPDATENIN 12345678903 Chidera Abdul-Ola’ to 109.”

The firms can dial *346# to retrieve their NIN if they have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The Commission noted that it is implementing this measure to make it easy for its subscribers to comply with the directive.

It advised teleco customers without a NIN to visit a NIN enrolment centre to get one.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is said to have licensed 173 centres and 30 state governments/public sector institutions to conduct the enrolment across the country.

Glo subscribers with additional enquiries are encouraged to contact any of its customer contact channels or to visit  for further support.

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