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Linking Simcard To NIN: Telcos Commence Assimilation With NIMC Database

As part of efforts to facilitate the validation and verification of digital identities and enrollment processes, mobile network operators in Nigeria have begun the process of back-end integration with NIMC’s database.

In a statement, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria ALTON) said the integration would increase the capacity of both the telecommunications companies and the NIMC databases.

The statement signed by the Chairman of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo and Publicity Secretary, Damian Udeh, said subscribers would be notified where there is inconsistency in data captured and when such happens even as the operators have established different systems to enable subscribers with existing NINs integrate it into their SIM registration profiles.

“It is important to note that we do expect that when SIM registration details are verified against the NIN database, there are likely to be inconsistencies in some of the data captured e.g. spelling, order or number of names captured etc., where such inconsistencies are found, the operators will notify subscribers and provide a quick and easy mechanism to update SIM registration data and ensure alignment.” The statement read.

Chairman of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo

According to ALTON, options deployed for customer ease and convenience include USSD strings, apps and other self-service online portals such as walk-in stores and customer care lines.

“To facilitate the validation, verification and enrollment processes and having now been licensed by NIMC to provide those services, operators have commenced the process of back-end integration with NIMC’s database and increasing the capacity of the respective databases thus enabling more rapid validation and verification.” Alton noted.

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