Thousands of telecommunications subscribers around the country have been left stranded due to a technical fault in the National Identity Management Commission portal, which has rendered SIM-related services unavailable.
According to the Federal Government's decision, the impacted NIMC portal allows telecom companies, the Nigerian Immigration Service, banks, and other organizations to authenticate their clients' National Identity Numbers before providing service to them.
Following the Nigerian Communications Commission's decision to include NIN in the requirements for all new and existing SIM cards, telecom companies must synchronize their SIM registration portals with the NIMC portal to validate their subscribers' information.
The NIMC portal has been offline for the previous five days, making it nearly impossible for telecom companies to sell new SIM cards or recover lost lines.
"You cannot get a new SIM until next week because there is no network. It’s not all network. It is this NIN something. It’s because we have to use your NIN to register the SIM. It affects all the telecommunications (companies),” a staff of a telecommunications company told newsmen.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.