ALTON Assures of MNOs  Compliance To FG’s Directives 

ALTON Assures of MNOs  Compliance To FG’s Directives

OLABISI OLALEYE

Association of Licensed Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria said mobile network operators (MNOs) have responded rapidly by putting in place the processes and infrastructure necessary to enable them incorporate existing National Identity Numbers (NINs) into the current SIM registration data and support subscriber enrolment into the Nigeria’s National Identity database.

The telcos became proactive following the recent directives by the NCC regarding the SIM registration process,  according to its umbrella body.

In a signed statement by the Association’s arrowhead,  Mr Gbenga Adebayo, he said, ” We wi continue to work closely with the government to deliver on the task ahead of us and are committed to making the process as seamless as possible for all our customers. The Chairman of ALTON, and the CEO’s of MNO members of ALTON are part of a Ministerial Task Force accountable for implementing the directives as we work together to find a sustainable solution to this national assignment”.

Adebayo explined that all MNO’s have now received an enrolment and verification license from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) or via the NCC, legally enabling them to verify NIN’s provided by customers and to enrol citizens into the NIN database.

“All operators have established various systems to enable subscribers with existing NINs to add their NIN’s to their SIM registration profile. Options deployed for customer ease and convenience include USSD strings, apps and other self-service online portals, walk-in stores and customer care lines

“It is important to note that we do expect that when SIM registration details are verified against the NIN database, there are likely to be inconsistencies in some of the data captured e.g.  Spelling, order or number of names captured etc. Where such inconsistencies are found, the operators will notify subscribers and provide a quick and easy mechanism to update SIM registration data and ensure alignment”.

Adebayo further clarified that in order to facilitate the validation, verification and enrolment processes especially having been licenced by NIMC to provide those services, “The operators have commenced the process of backend integration with NIMC’s database and increasing the capacity of the respective databases thus enabling more rapid validation and verification”.

He noted that there would be regular meetings to review progress, identify challenges, develop solutions and generally continue to enhance the process with a view to ensuring the safety, security and well-being of their customers while making significant progress towards collective objective.

Said he: “We are pleased to see the recently announced extension of the deadline for registration and reiterate our commitment to ensuring the maximum level of compliance possible within the set timeframe”.