It was made clear in a statement late Thursday in Abuja by Dr. Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant, Information Technology at the Ministry.
Adeluyi said this development was part of the Federal Government’s strategy to enhance the process of NIN and connect it to the Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) and align it with the digital Nigeria policy of the national digital economy.
He said that the mobile application had been sent to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for implementation.
“The N20 and N40 fees for NIN verification by individuals and mobile network operators, respectively, were also waived.
“These efforts are aimed at supporting the policy to link subscribers’ NIN to their SIM, which was approved by the government earlier in the year and communicated to the NCC on Feb. 4, 2020.
“The highly anticipated Web Service (MWS) application called the NIMC mobile app, and the improved NIN slip are now available for public use,” the minister’s aide said.
Adeluyi clarified that the application provided all Nigerians and legal residents with a secure channel for quickly verifying and authenticating their identities on-the-go using smartphones. It also helps them to connect their phone numbers to the NIN.
He also noted that the application provided an integrated harmonization mechanism that enabled its use across other government services, including the NCC, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Federal Road Safety Commission, and the National Health Insurance Scheme.
According to him, the new, improved NIN slip is pocket-friendly and easy to verify the version.
“It can be accessed via a self-service portal where people who already have been issued the NIN can log in, download a PDF of the document in color if preferred, print and laminate as desired.
“The current NIN slip will remain valid and will be gradually phased-out,” he said.
He said that the application was already available on the Google Play Store for Android users and App Store for IOS users.
The minister’s aide said that details on how to download and install the application and download the improved NIN slip were available on the websites and social media platforms of the Ministry and NIMC.
He said users could also access the enhanced NIN Slip at https://dashboard.nimc.gov.ng.
He said the minister had directed NIMC to respond to inquiries and include multimedia guides to make it easy for users to get and install the application with their enhanced NIN slips.
He said the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economic remained committed to building an enabling atmosphere for all Nigerians and legal residents’ digital identity numbers.