FG Orders Cancellation Of N20 NIN Retrieval Charge Across All Networks

The directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.

Nigerian Communications and Digital Economy Minister, Isa Ali Pantami, does not support the proposed communications tax / Photo credit: Wikipedia
Nigerian Communications and Digital Economy Minister, Isa Ali Pantami, does not support the proposed communications tax / Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to remove the N20 USSD fee imposed on subscribers for NIN retrieval requests.

Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson of the minister said in a statement on Friday that the directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable.

She said, “In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive, the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director General of NIMC, informed Dr Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with, and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard.

“By this waiver, all Nigerians, subscribers and applicants can access the service using the *346# code for their NIN retrieval at no charge for the duration of the NIN/SIM Card integration exercise.

Recall that the Federal Government had earlier directed that all National Identification Numbers be integrated with Subscriber Identification Modules for security purposes.”

The Honourable Minister, she said, appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders and encourages them to continue to sacrifice more for national interest.

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