The federal government has banned all outgoing calls on every SIM card that is not linked to the SIM card owner’s National Identification Number (NIN).
Communications and Digital Economy Minister Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who issued the order on Monday to ban outgoing calls on every unwanted Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card, also ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecom industry regulator, to order all telecom operators to begin disabling all unlinked SIM cards with immediate effect, insisting that all telecom subscribers must comply with the federal government’s NIN-SIM pairing policy.
The Federal Government however commended Nigerians for the level of compliance in registering and linking their SIM card to their NIN, saying that 125 million SIM cards had their NINs submitted for immediate linking, verification and authentication, and that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 million unique TINs to date.
In a statement released by the Federal Government and jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and the Head of Corporate Communications of the NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke, Pantami commended Nigerians and legal residents for their support during the exercise to link the National Identification Number (NIN) to the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM).
“To date, over 125 million SIM cards have had their NINs submitted for immediate binding, verification and authentication. Likewise, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 million unique NINs to date,” Pantami said.
The statement adds: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of the policy with effect from April 4, 2022. Therefore, the federal government has ordered all telecom operators to strictly enforce the policy on all SIM cards. issued (existing and new) in Nigeria. . Outgoing calls will then be barred for phone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM binding policy from April 4, 2022. Subscribers of these lines are advised to bind their SIM cards to their NINs before operators telecommunications companies cannot lift the restriction on their lines. Data subjects are hereby requested to register their NINs at designated centers and then link the NINs to their SIM cards through the channels provided by NIMC and telecom operators, including the NIMC mobile application.
“Pantami thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his tremendous support. He also congratulated NCC Executive Vice President Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, NIMC Chief Executive/Chief Executive Officer Aliyu Abubakar Aziz and their leadership and leadership. personnel, as well as other notable agencies whose efforts contributed to the monumental success of the exercise.
The Minister also thanked the telecommunications operators for their support for the success recorded. other government services. He also encouraged Nigerians and legal residents to visit NIN registration centers for registration and issuance of valid NINs.