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FG Directs Telecom Companies To Block SIMs Without NINs After Two Weeks




The Federal Government have ordered Telecom companies to block SIM cards that are not linked to a valid National Identification Number (NIN) after the two weeks starting from December 16th to 30th December.


This is coming after a meeting convened by Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, which also had in attendance key stakeholders in the communication industry held on Monday, December 14th.

The resolution that was reached at the meeting is that submission of NIN by subscribers will take place within two weeks starting from December 16 and ending by December 30.

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According to a statement by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Dr. Okechukwu Adinde, there was the need to consolidate the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit to help improve the performance and sanity of the communication sector.

Some of the decisions reached in the meeting for immediate implementation by all network operators include;
All SIM subscribers are required to provide a valid NIN to update SIM registration records.
The submission of NIN to take place within two weeks ( December 16 to December 30) after which all SIMs without NIN will be blocked from all networks.

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The Minister and all telcom companies will serve as ministerial task force to monitor the compliance by all networks.
Violation of this directive will result in heavy sanctions including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.

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