Nigerians lament over N20 charges to confirm NIN status

By Simdi Gloria:-

All network operators in the country have been given directives by the Federal government to disconnect every SIM card not synchronised with a valid National Identity Number (NIN) by December 30th. This has caused panic as most Nigerians were charged N20 while confirming their NIN status using the USSD code (*346#).

After an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications industry convened by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) on Monday, December 14, 2020, a directive to disconnect SIM cards without valid NIN came.

The meeting in its resolution insisted that all telecom operators must from Thursday, December 16, 2020, require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

Below are some Twitter user experience

@MrOdanz “The NCC announcement has put people in a panic to check if they have the NIN by dialing *346# on their phones.

“It costs N20 each time you use *346# to check your NIN. There are at least 100 million cellphones with SIMs in Nigeria. Do the maths. 20 × 100 million.Soft work. Yahoo+”

@Daddy_Nomso “The Same Govt that said #EndSARS was spreading Covid 19 wants N100M people to get NIN to Register Sims in 2weeks. We have not gotten our Nation ID 5 years after registration & when you try to get your NIN thru USSD from NIMC dey charge you N20 while you get nothing in return Man facepalmingPouting face”

@AishaYesufu “It is my hard-earned N20 so I pressed cancelled. I go borrow SIM card use.”

@_JoyMicah “I have never ever joined the queue to register for anything NIN but today after taking my N20 they displayed a supposed NIN for me. Lol, so it’s either the system is flawed or this is Yahoo plus plus with our N20.”

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