The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered the barring of all Subscribers’ Identity Modules (SIM) that has not been linked to any National Identity Numbers.
The FG has authorised telecommunications companies to immediate enforcement of the policy from Monday, April 4, 2022, as part of necessary steps for security across the nation.
The statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and the Director of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke revealed that despite the 2 years extension of the NIN linking policy, about 125 Million subscribers have registered.
The statement partly read, “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 centers and thereafter link the NINs to their SIMs through the channels provided by NIMC and the telecos, including the NIMC mobile App.”