Federal Government has directed telecommunication companies to bar outgoing calls on all Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards that are not yet linked with the National Identification Number (NIN).
Buhari Block Outgoing Calls On Unlinked Sim Cards
This was contained in a joint statement issued today, April 4, by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde; and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke.
According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the implementation of the NIN-SIM policy with effect from the 4th of April, 2022.
The statement reads, “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.
“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 the monumental success of the exercise.
“The Minister also extends his thanks to the telecommunication operators for their support towards the success recorded.
“The Honourable Minister also emphasized that enrolment for the NIN is a continuous exercise, and NIN is a precondition for service in Telcos, banks, Nigerian Immigration Service, and several other government services.
“He also encouraged Nigerians and legal residents to visit NIN registration centres for the enrollment and issuance of valid NINs.”
The federal government said it has put in place machinery to ensure compliance by citizens and legal residents.
“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 had 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.
“Accordingly, President graciously approved the many requests to extend deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage. At this point, however, the 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.”
The statement added that over 125 million sims have had their NINs submitted for linkage, verification, and authentication as of date, while the NIMC has issued over 78 million unique NINs.
KanyiDaily recalls that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had warned that anybody who fails to link their NIN and SIM will be denied passport, driving licence, and other important services.