The Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) has become a necessary component for citizens to access various services provided through telecommunications systems, and it has been determined that linking the SIM to the National Identity Number (NIN) database will significantly enhance the safety and security of Nigerians. It is in line with this commitment that the Federal Government has developed the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration and initiated the process that will require every SIM to be linked to the NIN.
The National Identity Number (NIN) is the foundational digital ID for the country; both Nigerian citizens and legal residents are expected to obtain the NIN. The Federal Government has taken steps to ensure that the NIN is used as the primary digital identity across the various sectors of the economy. The NIN is a robust biometrics database that will enhance access to government services, support the private sector in providing customized services to citizens and support the enhancement of Nigeria's national security and the development of the Nigerian digital economy.