Nigeria’s government drops the big hammer on unregistered sim cards

After multiple delays, the Federal Government of Nigeria has directed telecommunications companies within the country to block outgoing calls on unregistered sims cards starting today, April 4, 2022.

This was made known by Kayode Adegoke and Ikechukwu Adinde who were both Director of public affairs at the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).NIMC).

The statement reads: “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. Multiple extensions of the deadlines for NIN-SIM linking have been made to enable Nigerians to 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, Mr. President graciously approved the many requests to extend deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage. Government has now decided that NIN-SIM Policy implementation is possible. The machinery to ensure citizens’ compliance has already been in place. The implementation impacts on Government’s strategic planning, particularly in the areas of security and socio-economic projections.

““President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of the Policy with effect from the 4th of April, 2022. Accordingly, all Telcos have been directed by the Federal Government to implement the Policy for all SIMs (existing or new) issued in Nigeria. After the 4 April 2022, all telephone lines that do not comply with the NIN/SIM Linkage Policy will be banned from making outgoing calls.

“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 centers and thereafter link the NINs to their SIMs through the channels provided by NIMC and the Telcos, including the NIMC mobile App.”

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