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NIMC Speaks On Using BVN-generated NIN For SIM Integration



The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has given an update on using National Identity Number (NIN) generated through Bank Verification Number (BVN) to link SIM cards.

Recall that the commission had earlier said NIN generated by the BVN can be used to link SIM cards after biometrics capturing has been updated at the NIMC enrollment centre.


But in a tweet via its Twitter page on Tuesday, NIMC advised Nigerians to complete their NIN registration in any of its offices nationwide irrespective of generating it through BVN.

It warned that an incomplete registration will hinder the user’s access to the NIMC mobile app and render the NIN-SIM integration invalid.


The tweet read: “You must complete your NIN registration even if your BVN has generated a NIN.
“If your NIN was generated due to the BVN record harmonization with the National Identity Database, you will not have access to the NIMC mobile app and your NIN-SIM integration will be invalid. Visit an enrollment centre to complete NIN registration.” had reported that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had asked all telcos to disconnect the SIM cards of persons who have not integrated their NIN with their phone lines by the end of January.


The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had said an application is available to help Nigerians link their NIN with up to seven phone numbers.

But NIMC warned Nigerians to adopt caution while downloading the mobile application for linking NIN with SIM cards as fraudulent applications are now available on the internet.


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