FG Reveals How Many Sim Cards That Can Be Linked To One NIN Number

The federal government has revealed that Nigerians can link up to seven SIM cards to one National Identification Number on the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App. This was disclosed on Friday, January 8, by the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, Punch reports. He said: "You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation." Pantami said the ministry, NIMC and telecommunication operators would review the entire NIN linkage to SIM cards by network users if fresh lockdown is imposed in the country. Meanwhile, he said enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) should not consume the time of the applicants. The minister made this known on Friday, January 8, during a programme on Channels TV, adding that the enrolment should not take more than five minutes. Pantami further stated

EBay To Sell More African Goods in U.S. As MallforAfrica Tie-Up Expands

The online marketplace eBay has expanded its partnership with MallforAfrica, a service that makes it easier for shoppers in certain African countries to buy goods from retailers in countries such as the U.S. and U.K., from Amazon and Nordstrom to Marks & Spencer and Debenhams.

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As reported by TechCrunch, the new arrangement will see goods flow in the other direction: merchants in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Burundi are making their wares available through eBay's U.S. website starting this week.

This follows last year's launch of an "eBay powered by MallforAfrica" site that opened up a sales route into those countries for U.S. merchants, many of whom are wary about mailing items to African countries, due to a perceived risk of fraud. This evolved into the website in May this year.

Sylvie de Wever, eBay's general manager for Latin America and U.S. exports, told TechCrunch that more African countries would be added to the program, though she did not provide a timescale.

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"This is very much about expanding the reach of African sellers, enabling their platforms, and allowing them to earn and compete globally," she said. Early participants include Nigerian retailer Qeturah and Eclectic Chique, a fashion brand also based in Nigeria. (MallforAfrica's founders are from the West African nation, too.)MallforAfrica has growth funding from U.K. venture capital firm Helios Investment Partners.