Last Updated on November 24, 2021 by Ope Quadri
It was cheering news that the National Identity Management Commission launched its own app dubbed “MWS: NIMC MobileID (Early Access)” You can use the app to link up to seven SIM cards to your NIN.
Seven SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN – Pantami
A few days ago, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed that you can link up to seven SIM Cards to the same NIN also known as the National Identity Number.
His announcement was a relief to thousands of Nigerians who use multiple SIM cards for business or network reasons.
On Channels Television Politics Today, he said:
“We developed an app, when you go online, you will see it. That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office. You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one.
I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation,” he said.
According to him, his ministry, NIMC, and telecommunication operators would collaborate, review the entire NIN linkage to SIM cards by network users.
Recall that the Federal Government had said telcos subscribers with NIN have January 19 as the deadline to link their NIN with their SIM cards while subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to get it done.
Before that, he had said in a statement that NIMC app contains features that will help in securing NIN.
Technical Assistant, Information Technology to the Minister Femi Adeluyi disclosed that FG’s Policy to improve the process of obtaining NIN and linking it to Subscribers Identification Module (SIM).
It also aligns with the national digital economy policy for a digital Nigeria, he said in a statement in Abuja on December 31, 2020
“The highly anticipated Web Service (MWS) application called the NIMC mobile app and the improved NIN slip are now available for public use,” he said.
The ministry directed users to download the improved NIN Slip at https://dashboard.nimc.gov.ng To access the dashboard.nimc.gov.ng, you need USER ID and One Time Password (OTP).
We downloaded the app, we used it, and we’ll be sharing with you how the NIMC mobile app works and how you too can use it to check if your phone numbers have been linked to your National Identity Number (NIN).
Bonus: Here, we’ll also give you the authentic download link of the NIMC mobile app so that you don’t land on the wrong app on the apps store.
Before we jump right in to share with you what we noticed about the app, here are some vital information from the backer of the innovation.
How to get your User ID and OTP
Step 1: You have to first download the MWS: NIMC MobileID on Google Play Store find it here: (for android users) or iPhone can go to Apple store to do the same.
Step 2: Enter your 11-digit NIN. “AGREE” and continue. It displays your phone number, if the number is correct, click on NEXT
Step 3: USER ID and OTP would be sent to the phone number that showed in step 2 above.
Step 4: Enter the ID and OTP to proceed.
NOTE: You have juts 10minutes to execute this or it’ll be invalid.
Step 5: Choose a PIN to protect your credentials (4.6 digits)
On the home page you have the following:
- Your USER ID (Kindly write it somewhere)
- Show my ID
- Get Virtual NIN
- Scan an ID
- I need PIN
- My records
- My devices
Step 6: Select “I Need PIN”. If you are using a pad you can click on the URL below the OTP and login to the NIMC URL dashboard.
Alternatively, you can use a laptop or another device to access dashboard.nimc.gov.ng, enter the user ID and OTP to access your details
From the dashboard, you can proceed on whatever you want to do. For the purpose of most of you reading this, it’s likely you landed on this page because you want link your phone number.
How To Link 7 SIM Cards To Your NIN On NIMC Mobile App And Get OTP
From NIMC dashboard, you see all the services provided by the commission, it’s all-in-one.
To use this to check if you linked phone number has been validated or add more phone numbers to your NIN, do the following:
Step 1: Choose “Link a mobile number” from the options on the left bar
Step 2: Click on “Add mobile number if you have more than one mobile lines. You can add up to seven SIM cards.
Step 3: Enter the OTP that’s sent to the phone number and hit submit
The phone number you want to link must be active for you to receive an OTP for validation
Allow NCC and NIMC to handled the rest. This way, you don’t have to visit any service centres of a telecom firm to link your NIN to your mobile number or bother yourself with the dialing of USSD codes.
What you can do with the new App
1) The app is to improve the process of obtaining NIN.
2) It will aid the process of linking it to Subscribers Identification Module (SIM)
3) While the NIMC is the backer, it was sent to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for implementation.
“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.
4) You can use the app to add up to 6 extra Mobile Numbers on the NIMC dashboard
5) You can do this securely and safely from the comfort of your home.
6) If you carry out this exercise before the 31st January 2021, the verification OTP will be delivered FREE. After that date, the Telco will be responsible for determining any SMS charges.
7) The MobileID according the ministry “is a valid means of identity anywhere within the Federal Republic of Nigeria, alongside the physical National ID Card, your Passport, Driver’s license and/or Voter’s ID Card.”
8) You can report anyone or organisation that that refused you service anywhere you present this ID by sending a complaint to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9) The app can be used to verify your Identity right on the spot
We urge you not to allow anyone to make a photocopy of your MobileID or to put it in a scanner. Your ID is YOURS – you, therefore, reserve the right to know who verified your identity and when.
If anyone wishes to have a copy for their records, they should use their own copy of the NIMC MobileID (means they have a NIN too), to scan the QR Code on the ID page. They can then log into the portal which will be available at myportal.nimc.gov.ng and print out the verification sheet.
That cannot be done if a copy is made. Protect your Identity!!!
It is also very important to note that only the information you choose to display will be verifiable. Nothing else.
The verifier also cannot store your ID on their phone.
We’re so excited at InfomediaNG that at last, the commission is attending to the yearnings of Nigerians about the need to go digital.
We pointed this out in one of our publications where we highlighted 10 cardinal problems facing the commission and it could surmount them.
We love the fact that security concern tops the priority when the app was being developed, “The app DOES NOT store the National Identity Database.”
Good move from Pantami and his team at NCC and NIMC.
Have you used the app? Are you having an issue linking all your mobile numbers? Share your thoughts with us as we continue to explore the NIMC mobile app.
Ope is the Head of Content at InfomediaNG. He’s a researcher whose interests cut across real estate investment, stocks, financial technology, and youth empowerment. He’s awesome in Content Marketing and SEO. Favourite Tools: Google Analytics, Canva, UberSuggest