The Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Identity Management Commission have been directed to remove the N20 USSD fee imposed on subscribers for National Identification Number retrieval requests.
The NCC had recently asked telecommunication service providers to block SIM cards not registered with NIN after two weeks .
Subscribers who had enrolled for NIN in the past but don ’t remember their identification numbers are required to pay a fee for the retrieval.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim in a statement released stated that, the government ordered telcos to stop the deduction for NIN retrieval.
In a statement on Friday by the spokesperson for the minister , Uwa Suleiman , the government ordered telcos to stop the deduction for NIN retrieval.
The statement titled , ‘ Pantami Orders Cancellation Of NIN Retrieval Charge Across All Networks ’ , partly read, “ The Minister ’s directive which takes immediate effect, is an intervention aimed at making the process easier and affordable .
“ In a letter conveying the implementation of the directive , the Executive Vice Chairman NCC and the Director -General of NIMC informed Dr Pantami that the relevant authorities had met with , and negotiated a waiver with the Mobile Network Operators in that regard .
“ 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 . ”