The Federal Government has directed telecommunication companies to bar all outgoing calls on Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards not yet registered and linked with the National Identification Number (NIN).
This takes effect from Monday, April 4, 2022.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami also ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator, to direct all telecoms operators to begin deactivation of all unlinked SIM cards with immediate effect, insisting that all telecoms subscribers must comply with the NIN-SIM linkage Policy of the federal government.
A statement by Nigeria Communications Commission, signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said that as of date, over 125 million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication.
Pantami commended Nigerians and legal residents for their support during the exercise to link the National Identification Number (NIN) to the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).
“As of date, over 125 Million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication. Similarly, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 million unique NINs till date,” Pantami said.