“Ban simcards not linked to NIN, today”, FG tells telecom companies

The federal government has directed telecommunication companies to bar outgoing calls of all lines that have not been linked to NIN. This means that on all subscribers who are yet to link their simcards to their National Identification Number (NIN) will not be able to make calls. Disclosing this in a statement signed by the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, FG stated that its directive will take effect from the 4th of April, 2022.

“Accordingly, Mr. President graciously approved the many requests to extend deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage. At this point, however, Government has determined that the NIN-SIM Policy implementation can proceed, as machinery has already been put in place to ensure compliance by citizens and legal residents. The implementation impacts on Government’s strategic planning, particularly in the areas of security and socio-economic projections.

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,” the statement read in part.

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