FG orders telcos to demand NIN from all subscribers, block defaulters

The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered all telecommunication service providers to ask all subscribers to provide their National Identification Numbers (NIN). Subscribers who fail to do so within two weeks are to be blocked from using their SIM cards.

This was the resolution reached at a meeting between the minister of communication and digital economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim and stakeholders in the communication industry.

The resolution was disclosed by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) in a statement on Tuesday.

The meeting affirmed the earlier directive to totally suspend the registration of new SIM cards by all operators, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile.

The directive is as follows:

“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, starting 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.

“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.”


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