The Federal Government has ordered telecommunication companies to bar all outgoing calls on Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards yet to register and linked with the National Identification Number.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, made this known in a statement on Monday.
In the statement jointly signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde; and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke, the FG directed telcos to bar the lines from today, Monday, April 4, 2022.
Pantami, in the statement titled, ‘NIN-SIM Linkage: Federal Government Commends Compliance and Directs Telcos to Bar Outgoing Calls on Unlinked Lines from 4th April, 2022’, said as of date, over 125 million SIM cards have had their NINs submitted for linkage, verification and authentication while the NIMC has issued over 78 million NINs till date.
It partly read, “Accordingly, Mr. President graciously approved the many requests to extend deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage.
“At this point, however, Government has determined that the NIN-SIM Policy implementation can proceed, as machinery has already been put in place to ensure compliance by citizens and legal residents. The implementation impacts on Government’s strategic planning, particularly in the areas of security and socio-economic projections.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of the Policy with effect from the 4th of April, 2022. Consequently, the Federal Government has directed all Telcos to strictly enforce the Policy on all SIMs issued (existing and new) in Nigeria.
“Outgoing calls will subsequently be barred for telephone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM linkage Policy from the 4th of April, 2022.
“Subscribers of such lines are hereby advised to link their SIMs to their NINs before the Telcos can lift the restriction on their lines. Affected individuals are hereby advised to register for their NINs at designated centres and thereafter link the NINs to their SIMs through the channels provided by NIMC and the Telcos, including the NIMC mobile App.”
Major telecommunications operators in Nigeria include MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile.
JUST IN: The Federal Government has directed telecommunication companies to bar all outgoing calls on unlinked lines (SIMs not yet registered and linked with the National Identification Number (NIN) from TODAY, 4/4/2022, NCC and NIMC, disclosed this in a joint statement, today.
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