The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has ordered the National Identity Management Commission and all network providers to cancel the N20 charge imposed on subscribers for the retrieval of the National Identification Number, NIN with immediate effect.
This directive is contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr ISA Pantami on Friday.
The statement said it gave the directive to make the whole NIN registration process easier and affordable.
Following the order, Nigerians can now retrieve their NIN for free by dialing *346#.
The statement reads in part:
“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 appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders and encourages them to continue to sacrifice more for national interest.”