The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed telecommunication companies to block SIM Cards not registered with National Identity Numbers (NIN) after December 30.
In a meeting held on Monday, – the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as well as the CEOs and Management staff of all service providers in the industry – had concluded that all SIM card registrations are to be updated with users NIN from the 16th-30th of December, 2020.
This resolution was announced on Tuesday by the Spokesperson to the NCC.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
A Presidential Aide on Media related issues – Bashir Ahmad, also confirmed the News in a tweet on Tuesday.
“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.”