NIN-SIM integration, the mandatory digital identity verification of phone users in Nigeria, will attract charges as from February 1, the Federal Government has said in a marching order to mobile network operators (MNOs), Technology Times can confirm.
In the implementation of the newly-introduced National Identification Number (NIN) Tokenisation Policy of Federal Government, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has told telcos that identity verification on its servers is a commercial service provided at a cost, and will from today, February 1, 2022, attract charges ranging from ₦39.40k to ₦1.95k per transaction, according to documents seen by Technology Times.
NIMC says the current practice of free identity verification of phone users as ordered by the Federal Government under the NIN-SIM integration programme was “only a temporary situation,” as the Federal ID agency, which is banking on generating revenue from its databanks of identity records has imposed volume-based charges as follows:
NIN-SIM INTEGRATION: NIMC SERVICE PLANS FOR IDENTITY VERIFICATION*
|GROUP NAME||VOLUME RANGE||UNIT PRICE (₦)|
|* Service Plans goes into effect from February 1, 2022, according to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).|
NIMC’s directive to telcos, particularly MNOs has pitted both parties against each with telcos raising concerns that the progress of NIN-SIM integration that requires every phone users to verify their SIM records issued by MNOs, with their unique NIN, issued by NIMC, has continued to be undermined by capacity challenges faced by Federal ID agency of Nigeria.
Editor’s Note: Please check back for more on this developing story.