NIN-SIM Linkage: FG instructs telcos to ban incoming calls on unlinked lines

NIN-SIM Linkage: FG instructs telcos to ban incoming calls on unlinked lines

The Nigerian government has ordered telecommunication firms (MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile) to block any outgoing calls from SIM cards that are not linked.

In a statement issued by Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the FG indicated that its decision will take effect on April 4, 2022.

Read part of the statement about NIN-SIM Linkage below:

“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.

“Subscribers of such 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 centres and thereafter link the NINs to their SIMs through the channels provided by NIMC and the Telcos, including the NIMC mobile App.”

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