NIN-SIM Linkage: FG Directs Telcos to Bar Unlinked Lines

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CEM REPORT | Nigerian Federal Government has directed all Telcos to bar outgoing calls on unlinked lines from Monday, 4th April, 2022 following the expiration date after multiple extensions of deadline for the full implementation of NIN-SIM Linkage policy.

According to the Press Statement release Monday by the Nigerian Communication Commission, subscribers of unlinked 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 Telcos, including the NIMC mobile App.

According to NCC, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on behalf of the Federal Government, commended Nigerians and Legal Residents for their support during the exercise to link National Identification Number (NIN) to the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).

As of date, over 125 Million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication while the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 Million unique NINs till date.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, gave the directive for the implementation and commencement of the exercise in December 2020, as part of the administration’s security and social policies.

The deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage has been extended on multiple occasions to allow Nigerians to freely comply with the Policy. The FG also took into consideration the passionate appeals by several bodies – Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Civil Societies, Professional Bodies and a host of others – for the extension of the deadlines in the past.

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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.

Upon approval by President Buhari, the full implementation of the Policy is to begin with effect from the 4th of April, 2022.

Professor Pantami specially appreciates President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for his tremendous support.

He also commends the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez Abubakar along with their Management and Staff, as well as other notable bodies whose efforts have seen to the monumental success of the exercise.

The Minister also extends his thanks to the telecommunication operators for their support towards the success recorded.

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