The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has asked telecoms carriers in the country, including MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9Mobile, and others, to block all SIM cards in the country that are not linked with a registered account or a National Identity Number (NIN).
This means that if the subscribers don’t register and link their National Identity Numbers (NIN), the line will be blocked or cut off, even though there has been a huge uproar over the sudden announcement of the policy and the short time frame for putting it into place.
Here is the quickest way to link your NIN with your MTN, Airtel, Glo, or 9mobile number in order to avoid having your phone number become blocked.
1. MTN USERS
Follow the procedures below to link your National Identification Number (NIN) with your MTN SIM card using USSD:
- On the mobile phone network where you want to make the connection, enter *785#.
- Enter 1 where it says “Enter your 11-digit NIN,” and then send the message.
- Enter your 11-digit NIN and send it.
Wait until the network provides confirmation that your submission has been received. There is a possibility that a notification stating “Network error” will appear.
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t stress out! Simply let some time pass, and then give it another attempt.
To link your NIN with your MTN phone number, carry out the following steps:
- You can use your mobile device or a computer to go to https://mtnonline.com/nin/.
- Fill out the form to link your NIN by entering your name, phone number, and email address. Also, include your NIN.
- Immediately after you have finished filling out the form, submit it.
- Wait for the network’s response in a few days.
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2. AIRTEL USERS
In order to link your National Identification Number (NIN) to your Airtel phone number, follow the procedures that are described below:
- Enter *121# on the phone keypad of the Airtel line you want to link.
- Send a “NIN Capture” message by pressing the “1” key.
- You are going to be asked for your 11-digit NIN, which you need to input and then submit.
Watch for the notification that will indicate that your entry has been received. In the event that you receive an error message, wait some time and then try again.
Optionally, you can link your NIN to your Airtel line by going online to the website https://www.airtel.com.ng/nin on your phone or computer and filling out the online registration form.
3 GLO USERS
Globacom customers can now link their National Identification Numbers (NIN) to their mobile phone numbers. To do so, they need to text the message “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to the number 109. For instance, text ‘UPDATENIN 9876543210 Nkechi Amina-Funke’ to 109.
The network explained that the purpose of the shortcode is to simplify the process of compliance with the new directive by the NCC. It also mentioned that this was part of the network’s professed commitment to ensuring that its numerous customers have unlimited access to the products and services that they provide.
Customers who have already registered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) can dial *346# to retrieve it.
In the announcement, Glo told its customers that if they needed more help or had questions, they could call any of its customer service lines or go to https://www.gloworld.com/ng/nin.
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4. 9MOBILE USERS
- Dial *200*8# on your 9Mobile line.
- Enter your NIN and hit the send button.
- Wait for the network to provide feedback verifying that your submission was successful.
To link your number;
- For 9mobile users, you visit the nearest office of your service provider to submit/link your NIN.
- Go with your NIN and SIM pack
- You could also try calling the customer service number of the company that provides your service.
You have the option of linking your National Identification Number (NIN) to your 9mobile line by visiting the website https://www.9mobile.com.ng/nin on either your phone or a computer and filling out the online registration form there.
Additional important details, including
- It should be recalled that after the directive of the NCC to telecommunication operators on a two-week ultimatum to disconnect sim cards that were not registered with NIN, the NIMC issued a warning to the general public to be on the lookout for fraudsters and scammers who are looking to take advantage of people who do not know what they are getting themselves into.
- According to the NIMC, Nigerians who are already enrolled in the NIMC system but have misplaced their NINs can retrieve them by dialing *346*. It further mentioned that the USSD code can be used on MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile.