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NCC Gives MTN, Airtel, Others Two Weeks To Block SIM Cards Without NIN

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has instructed telecommunications operators like MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9Mobile to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers in two weeks.

This was disclosed by the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He tweeted;

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement.

The resolution was reached at a meeting between the minister of communication and digital economy and stakeholders in the communication industry on Monday.

The meeting affirmed earlier directive to totally suspend the registration of new SIM cards by all operators.

The statement from NCC partly reads;

Operators to require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks (from today December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020). After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.

It added;

A Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs (among others) as members is to monitor compliance by all networks. Violations of this directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.

The general public is hereby urged to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration data. All inconveniences which might be occasioned by this directive are deeply regretted.

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 discussed and all stakeholders agreed that urgent drastic measures have now become inevitable to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.

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