NIMC: BVN-Generated NIN Won’t Be Used For SIM Integration

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Nigerians are asked to complete their national identity number (NIN) registration in spite of generating same through bank verification number (BVN). The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) made this known in a tweet on Tuesday.

The agency had earlier announced that NIN generated by the BVN could be used after it had been updated at the NIMC enrollment centre, stating that the biometrics capturing part of the registration could only be done at the NIMC enrollment centre.

Maintaining that the NIN registration must be completed despite NIN generation through BVN, NIMC warned that an incomplete registration would hinder the user’s access to the NIMC mobile app and render the NIN-SIM integration invalid.

Tweeted NIMC: “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”.

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.

Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, had said an application was 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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