Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to remove the N20 USSD fee imposed on subscribers for NIN retrieval requests.
In a statement signed and released by Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson to the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, disclosed that the directive takes immediate effect, which he said is an intervention that’s aimed at making the process easier and affordable.
According to her, “The Minister’s directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.
“In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director General of NIMC, informed Dr Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard.
“By this waiver, all Nigerians, subscribers and applicants can access the service using the *346# code for their NIN retrieval at no charge for the duration of the NIN/SIM Card integration exercise”.
Recall that the Federal Government had earlier directed that all National Identification Numbers be integrated with Subscriber Identification Modules for security purposes.
The minister however thanked and appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders and encouraged them to continue to sacrifice more for national interest.