In order to ease the effect of the poor economy on the citizens, the federal government has ordered Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC; to discontinue the collection of N20 fee imposed on subscribers for the retrieval of their National Identity Numbers, NIN.

The order was given by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami yesterday in Abuja.

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 and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard.

Also, a statement by the Minister’s media aide, Uwa Suleiman noted that by the 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.”

The Minister’s directive which takes immediate effect was aimed at making the process easier and affordable.

Recall that the federal government had earlier directed that all National Identification Numbers be integrated with Subscriber Identification Modules for security purposes.

She added that the Minister appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders and encourages them to continue to sacrifice more for the national interest.

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