NIMC and NCC collaborate to enhance NIN-SIM linkage process

The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, and the Nigerian Communications Commission ,NCC have collaborated to streamline and improve processes regarding the National Identification Number, NIN-SIM linkage.

The statement, jointly signed by Dr. Reuben Muoka, NCC Director of Public Affairs, and Ayodele Babalola, Technical Adviser, Media, and Communications to NIMC, emphasizes the critical importance of aligning SIM registrations with individuals’ unique national identification numbers, NIN,  in recent times. It reflects the national discourse surrounding the NIN-SIM linkage exercise and acknowledges its significance in enhancing security and improving service delivery.

Both NIMC and NCC affirm their commitment to improving processes and enhancing efficiency in this initiative.

“NIMC and NCC will collaborate closely to explore synergies and leverage each other’s expertise and resources in key areas,” the statement reads.

The two agencies aim to streamline the NIN-SIM linkage process and ensure a seamless experience for Nigerian telecommunication subscribers. This will involve exploring innovative approaches to facilitate swift verification and authentication of NINs during SIM registration and activation processes.

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Additionally, both agencies will collaborate on capacity building and public awareness initiatives aimed at enhancing understanding of the NIN-SIM linkage requirements among the public.

The collaborative efforts between NIMC and NCC will encompass various initiatives:

  • Educational Campaigns and Public Awareness: Both agencies will conduct educational campaigns, training sessions for stakeholders, and disseminate accurate information to the public. The aim is to encourage compliance with the NIN-SIM linkage directives.
  • Data Verification and Validation: NIMC will continue to support NCC by assisting in verifying National Identification Numbers (NINs) associated with SIM registrations. Telecommunication operators will validate submitted NINs to ensure the accuracy and integrity of subscriber data, utilizing NIMC’s robust database and authentication infrastructure.


  • Policy Harmonization and Regulatory Framework: NIMC and NCC will collaborate to align policies and regulatory frameworks. This alignment aims to facilitate the seamless integration of NIN-SIM linkage processes within the telecommunications ecosystem.

The collaborative efforts between NIMC and NCC will extend to:

  •  Harmonizing Data Protection and Privacy Regulations: The agencies will work together to harmonize data protection and privacy regulations. This alignment aims to safeguard the confidentiality and security of subscriber information, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and standards.


  • Commitment to Collaboration and Transparency: NIMC and NCC are dedicated to fostering a collaborative and transparent partnership. This partnership prioritizes the interests of Nigerian citizens and promotes national development through effective coordination and cooperation.


  • Pooling Resources and Expertise: By pooling their resources and expertise, NIMC and NCC aim to overcome challenges associated with the NIN-SIM linkage exercise.

This collaborative approach will ensure the continued successful implementation of the linkage process, benefiting Nigerian telecommunications subscribers and enhancing national security and service delivery.



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