MTN Nigeria emphasizes the importance of an integrated approach to National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment in Nigeria. The telecommunications company highlights that NIN is required by all Nigerians to register for social payment, access financial services, and use telecommunication services.
MTN Nigeria announces that as one of the FEPs (Frontline Enrolment Partners), it has established over 13,000 terminals in various service points. From January to now, MTN Nigeria has already enrolled nearly seven million Nigerians for NIN.
The company recognizes the significance of this process and promises to be an essential part of the solution, stating that they are also expanding their technology propositions to offer access to a new digital world for those who trust them with their digital journey.
The CEO of MTN Nigeria, Karl Olutokun Toriola, made these remarks during the 5th Identity Day Communication event, with the theme “Identity as a Catalyst for Nigeria’s Development.” Toriola urges the authorities to view NIN enrollment as the beginning of a journey rather than the end.
Toriola emphasizes the significance of targeted and transparent social welfare payments, which can significantly impact the lives of Nigerians in need. He also highlights the value of accessing credit, markets, and insurance through participation in the formal financial economy, enabling Nigerian micro-entrepreneurs to elevate their businesses
Represented by the head of IT service management and governance at MTN, Ude Enebeli, Toriola asserts that alongside payments and connectivity, access to foundational identity is one of the core pillars of the digital public infrastructure required to deliver digital services to Nigeria’s population.
The National Identity System of Nigeria currently has over 102 million citizens (including children) enrolled. NIN has progressively become a prerequisite for accessing various government and commercial services, from sim cards to passports and driving licenses.
Toriola applauds this achievement and emphasizes that Nigeria is well-positioned to ensure that every Nigerian in need of identity can obtain it. He calls for collaboration between national and state governments, agencies, and sub-national administrations to support the enrollment process.
Toriola stresses the importance of securing funding to establish the necessary infrastructure for enrolling all Nigerians and maintaining the database in the future.