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NIN-SIM linkage: NIMC, NCC partner to ease processes, harmonise data protection policies

Over 107.3m Nigerians have registered for NIN, says NIMC DG Over 107.3m Nigerians have registered for NIN, says NIMC DG

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have partnered to ease the processes of the national identification number (NIN) and subscriber identity module (SIM) linkage.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the agencies said the partnership would also involve the harmonisation of data protection policies.

The partnership was announced a day after allegations of data breach at NIMC made headlines on March 16.

According to the commissions, the NIN-SIM linkage exercise has become a subject of national discourse in recent times, reflecting the critical importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals’ unique NINs.

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Acknowledging the significance of the initiative in enhancing security and improving service delivery, the NIMC and NCC expressed commitment to improve processes and enhance 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,” the statement reads.

“Streamlining the NIN-SIM Linkage Process: NIMC and NCC will collaborate to ensure a seamless experience for Nigerian telecommunication subscribers.

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“This includes exploring innovative approaches to facilitate the swift verification and authentication of NINs during SIM registration and activation processes.

“Capacity Building and Public Awareness: 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.

“Data Verification and Validation: NIMC will continue to extend its support to NCC by providing assistance in verifying National Identification Numbers (NINs) associated with SIM registrations.

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“Leveraging NIMC’s robust database and authentication infrastructure, telecommunication operators will validate submitted NINs while ensuring the accuracy and integrity of subscriber data.

“Policy Harmonisation and Regulatory Framework: 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.”

The government bodies also expressed their dedication to fostering a collaborative and transparent partnership that prioritises the interest of Nigerians and promotes national development.

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They said by combining their resources and expertise, they aim to overcome the challenges associated with the NIN-SIM linkage exercise.

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