Reasons NIMC needs NCC, Mass media partnership on NIN-SIM linkage project

By Stanley Iwuoha

Telecom Regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, is bringing the authorities of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC and the mass media together to give the NIN-SIM linkage project a facelift.

There are several reasons for this collaboration, but chief among them is that NIN-SIM linkage is a national policy which the NCC has an obligation to see it is carried out successfully.

In the light of this, the two agencies have agreed to work closely to explore synergies and leverage each other’s expertise and resources in the following key areas: ⁠Streamlining the NIN-SIM Linkage Process. In this respect, 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 also 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.
Again, under this agreement, NIMC is expected to continue to extend its support to NCC by providing assistance in verifying National Identification Numbers (NINs) associated with SIM registrations. Telecommunication operators will equally validate submitted NINs, while ensuring the accuracy and integrity of subscriber data and Policy Harmonisation and Regulatory Framework.
Furthermore, NIMC and NCC 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.
Recall that the NIN-SIM linkage exercise has in recent times become subject of national discourse, reflecting the critical importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals’ unique national identification numbers. 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.

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