Telecom Companies Unveil Short Codes To Link NIN


Following the two-week ultimatum handed to subscribers and operators by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria have unveiled short codes that will make it easier for their customers to link their National Identity Numbers (NINs) with Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs).

Globacom announced that its customers can dial *346# to retrieve their NIN if they have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

“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 telecom firm said.

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

The firm further advised customers without a NIN to visit a NIN enrolment centre to get one.

9mobile, in its announcement, disclosed that it has launched an intelligent portal for instant verification to help its customers to link their SIM cards with their NIN.

The Online Self-Service NIN update portal, which has already gone live on the 9mobile website, enables subscribers to verify and update their NINs instantly.

The platform provides 9mobile subscribers an opportunity to submit and verify their NIN without physically visiting any of its Experience Centers.

Apart from the portal, 9mobile has also made available a USSD option *200*8# that allows subscribers to check the matching status of their NIN to their SIM and subsequently submit it for backend verification and mapping.

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MTN had earlier advised its customers to visit to submit their NIN or dial *785# or visit myMTNApp.

Airtel had also unveiled its shortcode of *121*1# which it said will facilitate seamless link of NIN with SIMs on its network.


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