The Federal Government has directed all Telecommunications Companies to bar outgoing calls for telephone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM linkage Policy on Monday 4th April.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive for the implementation and commencement of the exercise in December 2020, as part of the administration’s security and social policies.
Subsequently, the deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage have been extended following appeals from different stakeholders.
The FG, however, gave this directive through a letter made available to AN24 jointly signed by Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke on Monday.
The regulatory bodies disclosed that over 125 Million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication while the NIMC has issued over 78 Million unique NINs to date.
The statement reads in part, “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.”