MTN, others can help in NIN acquisition crisis – says partner CEO


* Distributors lose huge revenue due to SIM shut down

By Onyekachi Onyenwe, Owerri

A major partner with the MTN Nigeria says the communications company can rescue Nigeria from the crisis of National Identification Number (NIN) matter. The CEO however wants security angles to be properly taken care of so the network giant can roll out its machines to help Nigeria gather data and pass on to the agency.


Worried by the lingering challenges associated with obtaining the National Identification Number (NIN) by Nigerians from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the TSHABRON Ltd – a Connect Enterprise Partners to the MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd, has called for a robust collaboration with network providers with adequate understanding that would not compromise the nation’s security in the quest to give Nigerians the NIN.

Charles Odiuko Okeke, chairman/CEO of TSHABRON Group, who made the call while reacting to the NIMC policy, said this has effects and impacts on society and the MTN related business in the country.

He said MTN as a major network provider in the country needs good relationship with the government to make things work better.

Okeke also enjoined the federal government to partner with the MTN by deploying its equipment in MTN offices. He said the equipment has the capacity to handle massive crowd and also resolve their problems accordingly.

Okeke who is the leader of all the connect-partners in the country said that Tshabron Group had incurred unspeakable monumental losses as a result of the stoppage of her business.

“Because of non-availability of National Identity Numbers, you cannot get your SIM card back and we are calling on the NIMC to partner with us by bringing their equipment to our office because we are in a position to handle the problems seamlessly”.

Consequent upon the problems at stake, Okeke disclosed that SIM card replacement had become epileptic with more than 70 per cent of the Tshabron customers trooping in and out daily unattended to, just as the company now spends fortune only to attend to one per cent of her customers.

In his words, “This huge cost of operation is taking its toll on the company with negative sentiments by some subscribers because the customer does not know that MTN is not in control of the NIMC”.

He argued that the policy of the National Identity Management Commission is adversely affecting the MTN and the public as according to him, the Commission lacks the capacity to handle the issue at stake. He added thus; “We need a robust economy to perform because there is fear of being disconnected if you have not linked with the MTN”.

Continuing, Okeke said that Tshabron is currently incapacitated to do SIM works because to do so, “You must be linked because the NIMC platform is always down and not functional”.

“You come to MTN office and cry but MTN cannot do anything as it is not MTN problem. Unfortunately many customers do not know about this and we have done our best to remedy the situation but all to no avail”.

As he urged the FG to eliminate all restrictions inherent in the issuance of the National Identity Cards, in place of a robust system with the capacity to handle the relevant data to ease the problems confronting the masses, Okeke also called for a review of the deadline for disconnection of subscribers.