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NIN-SIM Linkage: We’ll Comply With FG – Telcos

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The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria, has said that its members will not bar outgoing calls of subscribers who are yet to link their National Identification Number with their SIM as directed by the Federal Government.

A statement by the association’s Chairman, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo and Head of Operations, Mr. Gbolahan Awonuga on Tuesday stated that their members will continue to uphold the right of citizens to communicate as well as support the FG to tackle insecurity.

It was earlier reported that the deadline handed on Nigerians by the Federal Government to link their NIN to their SIMs ended on March 31, after about eight postponements.

At the last minute, the government pushed for the linkage and on Friday, directed Nigerians to ensure they completed the verification and linkage of their NINs to their SIMs within days.

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Adebayo said, “We can confirm that our members have received a formal directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to bar outgoing calls on subscriber lines that are not in compliance with the NIN-SIM Linkage Policy requirement.

He said that the policy required that all Subscriber Identification Modules must be linked with a NIN.

“Our members are committed to complying with the instructions and call on telecommunication subscribers who have not obtained or linked their NIN to their SIMs, to do so at any of the designated centers,” he said.

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