FG Gives Two Week Ultimatum To Link SIM With NIN

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FG Suspends Ban On New SIM Card Sale, Registration

The Federal Government has issued a fresh directive that makes it compulsory for all SIM cards to be linked to National Identity Number (NIN).

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami issued the directive on Monday when he convened an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the communications industry.

The minister gave telecoms operators two weeks to link subscribers’ registered SIM cards on their networks to their NIN, which is currently being issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The new directive further stated that the submission of NIN by subscribers must take place within two weeks from today December 16, 2020, and end by December 30, 2020.

Pantami, during the stakeholders’ meeting on Monday, warned that violations of the new directive would be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating licence.

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At the meeting, the need to consolidate the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit and improve the performance and sanity of the sector was exhaustively discussed and all stakeholders agreed that urgent drastic measures have now become inevitable to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.

At the meeting, Pantami affirmed the earlier directive to totally suspend the registration of new SIMs by all operators, and operators were asked to ensure that all their subscribers provide valid NIN to update SIM registration records.

NCC, therefore, urged the general public to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration data and pleaded with subscribers for all the inconveniences, which they might experience as a result of the new directive.

It also stated that after the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.

This follows an earlier directive that network operators should suspend the sale and registration of new SIM card.

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