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TELECOMMS-FG Moves To Block SIMs Not Registered With NIN

The Federal Government of Nigeria  has through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy issued ultimatum to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all mobile telecommunication SIM cards without National Identification Number (NIN).

It also ordered the network operators to request all their subscribers to provide valid NIN to update their records and to suspend SIM registration.


These, form parts of the resolutions adopted for immediate implementation by all network operators at an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the communications industry held in Abuja.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, noted in a statement on Tuesday that the meeting was convened on Monday by the Minister, Dr Isa Pantami.

According to him, the meeting resolved that the submission of NIN by subscribers would take place between December 16 and 30, 2020.

The government stated that after the deadline, all SIMs without NINs should be blocked from the networks while a Ministerial Task Force comprising the minister and all the CEOs, among others, as members would monitor compliance by all networks.

It warned that violations of the directives by any network operator would be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating licences



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