NIMC, NCC Unveil Collaborative Efforts to Enhance NIN-SIM Linkage Processes


The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have announced a strategic collaboration aimed at enhancing processes related to the National Identification Number (NIN)-SIM linkage.

 Both agencies in a statement on Sunday said the collaboration was to address the concerns raised about the NIN-SIM linkage. The statement was signed by both Ayodele Babalola, Technical Adviser, Media, and Communications to the DG/CEO of NIMC and Reuben Muoka, Director Public Affairs, NCC.

According to the agencies, the NIN-SIM linkage exercise has become subject of national discourse, reflecting the critical importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals’ unique national identification numbers.

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It explained that recognising the significance of this initiative in enhancing security and improving service delivery, both NIMC and NCC are committed to improving processes and enhancing efficiency.

 Under this collaboration, NIMC and NCC will work closely to explore synergies and leverage each other’s expertise and resources in the following key areas such as ⁠streamlining the NIN-SIM Linkage Process. In this instance,  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.

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 They will also collaborate in the area of capacity building and public awareness where 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.

 On data verification and validation, the statement said NIMC will continue to extend its support to NCC by providing assistance in verifying National Identification Numbers (NINs) associated with SIM registrations. It will also leverage NIMC’s robust database and authentication infrastructure to help telecommunication operators  validate submitted NINs while ensuring the accuracy and integrity of subscriber data.


 In the area of policy harmonisation and regulatory framework, both agencies said they   will collaborate on aligning policies and regulatory frameworks to facilitate the seamless integration of NIN-SIM linkage processes within the telecommunications ecosystem. This includes harmonising data protection and privacy regulations to safeguard the confidentiality and security of subscriber information.

 Both NIMC and NCC  said they are committed to fostering a collaborative and transparent partnership that prioritises the interests of Nigerian citizens and promotes national development.

“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 statement further read. 



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