Every Nigerian is expected to have National Identification Number (NIN) to ensure presence in the nation’s data base. The NIN is issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which was created in 2010. This commission was mandated by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007 to register people the Act covers and give each person a unique National Identification Number (NIN). According to the NIMC, the essence of each individual having an NIN is part of a measure to create a national identity database and to put a stop to both double identity and identity fraud.
What is NIN?
You might be wondering what this number really means. Here’s what it means; The National Identification Number (NIN) is a set of numbers assigned to an individual upon successful enrolment. The NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is also used to establish or verify his/her identity. The NIN is designed for citizens’ registration as part of government’s national strategy to build database on all citizens for enhanced economic planning.
How to Link Your Phone Number to NIN
You can easily link your phone number to your NIN by following certain steps. The process is specific for different network providers because of the difference in codes used to begin the process. Here are few steps to link your phone number with your NIN
For MTN users, simply dial *785# and get it done in few seconds or
Visit https://mtnonline.com/nim/ using your phone or computer
Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and email address.
Submit the form as soon as you’re done.
Wait for feedback from the network.
To link your NIN to your Airtel phone number, follow the steps below:
- Dial *121# on the Airtel line you wish to link.
- Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send.
- Enter your 11-digit NIN and send.
Wait for the message confirming your submission. If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again. You can visit the nearest office of your service provider for further confirmation where the process is complicated to you.
To link your NIN to your 9mobile phone number, follow the steps below:
- Dial *200*8# on the 9mobile line you wish to link. You will see three options- 1. Verify your linked NIN; 2. Enter your 11 digit NIN; 3. NIN registration Centers. If you already have your NIN, select option by entering the number “2” in the provided space.
- Type 1*your 11 digit NIN and send. That’s all.
To link your NIN with your Glo line, follow the steps below:
- Simply send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109.
- Wait for network feedback on your linking status.
Take note that the name you submit must match the one on your ID card/slip for the linking to be successful.
Alternatively, visit www.gloworld.com/ng/nin. Thereafter, enter your name, phone number and NIN to carry out the linking.
The NIN is a something you should guard jealously and not disclose anyhow. The NIMC warns that NIN should be closely guarded by holders of the number and should not be revealed to all and sundry except to relevant authorities when requested. It should not be made public on social media or such online platforms, and should not be printed with contact details on business cards or other office stationery. This means the NIN should be very private information to holders.
Every citizen and resident of Nigeria should have this number. The process is not really difficult and it is worth whatever stress you might face while getting it. This is because you will definitely find it difficult to do any meaningful business or any other official dealings in Nigeria without your NIN. This is a unique number which identifies you for life and is issued to you by NIMC after your enrolment. So you need to have it.