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Bank Customers Rush to Link NIN to Bank Accounts and SIMs On Deadline Day

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Bank Customers Rush to Link NIN to Bank Accounts and SIMs Before Deadline

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Bank customers in Nigeria who have not yet linked their National Identity Number (NIN) with their bank accounts and SIM cards rushed to the banking halls and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) centers to meet the February 29, 2024 deadline.

Failure to link their NIN could result in their accounts being placed on Post No Debit, and their SIM cards being banned from making calls.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had previously directed telecommunications operators to ban SIM cards that were not linked to owners’ NINs by February 28.

Similarly, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had issued a circular to all banks and financial institutions to place post no debit on accounts and wallets without a BVN and/or NIN.

Some customers expressed frustration at having to undergo the process again, claiming they had already linked their NIN previously.

While some banks exempted customers who had opened accounts or registered for BVN with their NIN, others insisted on customers coming in to link their NIN to their bank accounts.

The process of linking the NIN to SIM cards is a government policy aimed at improving the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.

It involves validating the NIN with the NIMC and matching it with the registration information to ensure proper subscriber identification.

Telecom operators have started blocking lines that are not linked to NIN, leading to long queues at NIMC centers and telco outlets. Many subscribers visited these service centers to rectify issues with their linkage or to link their NIN to their SIM cards.

The executive vice chairman/CEO of the NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida, explained that the NIN-SIM linkage is a process of connecting one’s NIN to their phone number to authenticate and protect their identity. Subscribers are urged to submit their NIN to their service providers to complete the linkage process.

Those without a NIN can obtain one from NIMC Enrolment Centers or their service provider’s customer care centers. As customers endure long queues and face challenges with the linkage process, they hope that the deadline will be extended.

However, it is crucial for customers to comply with the directive to avoid any inconvenience or disruption of services.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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