Last Updated on May 8, 2021 by Ope Quadri
One among millions of Nigerians whose SIM card may be blocked very soon asked, “Please I’m lost the SIM Card I use in registering my National Identity Number, all efforts to retrieve it proved unsuccessful, what can I do?
Other related questions are:
Nimc I registered for nin in 2016. I can’t find my slip and I already lost the sim. Is there any solution of retrieval or I’ll need to redo another one
Another Nigeria who facing the same challenge tweeted:
I’m in the same situation. To buy another sim card MTN says the new directive is I must present NIN slip.
But to get NIN or the slip I need the sim on my phone. PARADOX. To get ‘A’ you need ‘B’, but to get ‘B’, you need ‘A’
Thousands of Nigerians are in the same problem, here is what you should do if your SIM card linked to your NIN is lost:
Step 1: Visit one of the nearby enrolment centres in your state.
Step 2: Go along with a means of identification.
Step 3: Apply for data update form. It may not be free
Step 4: Input your new mobile line
Ordinarily, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy which recently launched an app for the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) should have gone more digital to make it easier for individuals to update their data right on the app.
The ministry deserves kudos for the NIMC app, but Dr Isa Pantami and his team should do more.
In 2020, the government stated that 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 do so.
As of October 2020, the total number of mobile network connections was 207.58 million, but currently, only 43 million Nigerians have NIN, thus 164 million telephone users may be deactivated.
15 Million BVN Linked With NIN
On January 0, 2021, the Director-General of NIMC Aliyu Aziz disclosed that 15 million people with Bank Verification Number (BVN) have been linked with the National Identity Number (NIN).
“So if you have your BVN and you were captured, what you need to do is to go our website and update your record and then you would be issued the NIN”.
We think NIMC DG goofed because a check on the NIMC portal has no information on how Nigerians at home and abroad could generate NIN with their BVN right on the NIMC portal.
We hope they will continue to improve on their services. The world has gone digital than to slow down the NIN enrolment process through their seemingly archaic process.