FG has Ordered Telcos To Block Unlinked Lines Immediately
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of the NIN-SIM Linkage policy, which will prevent calls from being made on any SIM that is not linked to a National Identity Number (NIN) starting April 4, 2022.
As a result, the Federal Government has directed all telcos in Nigeria to strictly enforce the Policy on all SIM cards issued (both old and new).
From April 4th, 2022, outgoing calls for telephone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM linkage Policy will be barred.
This is contained in a joint statement signed and issued by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, Director Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Mr Kayode Adegoke, Head, Corporate Communications of NIMC.
“Before the Telcos can lift the restriction on their lines, subscribers of such lines are advised to link their SIMs to their NINs.”
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“Affected individuals are advised to register for their NINs at designated centres and then link their NINs to their SIMs through the channels provided by NIMC and the Telcos, including the NIMC mobile App,” according to the statement.
According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the exercise be implemented and started in December 2020 as part of the administration’s security and social policies.
“The NIN-SIM linkage deadlines have been extended several times to allow Nigerians to freely comply with the Policy. The Federal Government also considered the passionate pleas of several bodies, including the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Civil Societies, Professional Bodies, and a slew of others, for past deadline extensions.
“As a result, Mr. President graciously approved the numerous requests to extend the NIN-SIM linkage deadlines. At this time, however, the government has determined that the NIN-SIM Policy can be implemented because machinery has already been put in place to ensure citizen and legal resident compliance. The implementation has an impact on the government’s strategic planning, especially in terms of security and socioeconomic projections, according to the statement.
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While thanking Nigerians for their support during the NIN-SIM exercise, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, stated that over 125 million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification, and authentication.
Similarly, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued more than 78 million unique NINs to date, according to him.
The Minister also stated that enrolment for the NIN is a continuous process, and that the NIN is a requirement for employment in telecommunications companies, banks, the Nigerian Immigration Service, and a variety of other government services.
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