The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has approved the development and release of an improved National Identity Number (NIN) slip and a mobile application to help in securing NIN.
This according to the Ministry is part of the Federal Government’s policy to improve the process of obtaining NIN and linking it to SIMs, which was sent to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for implementation.
This was made known on Thursday by Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant, Information Technology to the ministry.
He said that the mobile application has been sent to the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, and the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, for implementation.
He added that the new improved NIN slip is pocket friendly and an easy to verify version.
“The N20 and N40 fees for NIN verification by individuals and mobile network operators, respectively, were also waived.
“These efforts are aimed at supporting the policy to link subscribers’ NIN to their SIM, which was approved by the government earlier in the year and communicated to the NCC on Feb. 4, 2020.
“The highly anticipated Web Service (MWS) application called the NIMC mobile app and the improved NIN slip are now available for public use,” the minister’s aide said.
Mr Adeluyi explained that the application provided a secure channel for all Nigerians and legal residents to easily verify and authenticate their identities on-the-go using smartphones, adding that it also enables them to link the NIN to their phone numbers.
He also said that the application offered a built-in harmonisation process that allowed its use across other government services including the NCC, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Federal Road Safety Commission and National Health Insurance Scheme, among others.
“It can be accessed via a self-service portal where people who already have been issued the NIN can log in, download a PDF of the document in colour, if preferred, print and laminate as desired.
“The current NIN slip will remain valid and will be gradually phased-out,” he said.
He said that the application was already available on the Google Play Store for Android users and App Store for IOS users.