The Minister of Communication & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has commended leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, for its compliance with the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN) verification and enrollment exercise during a visit to one of the telco’s enrolment centers in Abuja.
The Minister led a delegation of key government officials including Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz, Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), amongst others to the Airtel showroom, situated at Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.
During the visit, Isa Pantami expressed satisfaction with Airtel’s compliance to the ongoing exercise, extoling the company for partnering with the Government and taking definitive steps in ensuring a smooth NIN verification and enrolment process.
Specifically, the Minister profoundly thanked Airtel for its cooperation with Government in making adequate preparations for the exercise and asked that his appreciation be extended to the Chief Executive Officer and the entire Airtel Management.
The Minister was received by Airtel Nigeria’s Regional Operations Director, North West Region, ThankGod Otorkpa and General Manager, Government Relations, Kehinde Sanusi.
Other government officials in the company of the Minister during the visit were Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General, National Information Technology and Development Agency (NITDA); Engr. Ibrahim Nguru, Special Assistant to the Minister; Mr. Adeleke Morounfolu Adewolu, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, amongst others.
Airtel became one of the first telcos to partner with the Government in expanding the NIN registration footprints following its announcement of enrolment centres across Lagos and Abuja.
The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya in a statement released by the telco stated that Airtel is always seeking opportunities to partner with the Nigerian Government on initiatives that will make life easier for Nigerians; hence the company’s collaboration with the NIMC to register citizens in the ongoing exercise.
Other fully operational Airtel NIN enrollment centres in Abuja include Transcorp Hilton, situated in Mataima and Airtel showrooms at Carpet Plaza and Kano Crescent in Wuse 2, while those in Lagos include, Airtel Express Point, VI; Airtel showrooms in Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere; Tejuosho, Yaba; Isheri Road, Ogba and Oba Akran, Ikeja.
Customers are advised to visit any of the centres nearest to them to complete their verification and enrollment exercise. Those without NIN can fulfil the requirement at any certified NIMC enrolment centre, while those who already have NINs have the option to send their NINs to Airtel via USSD, SMS or through the Airtel Self Care app or website to update their SIM registration details.