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Block All SIMs Without NIN – NCC Orders Telcos


February 28, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed telecom operators in the country to block all SIM cards not registered or linked to a National Identification Number (NIN) on or before Wednesday, February 28th, 2024.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Aminu Maida, announced the directive on Wednesday, during the NCC’s Special Day at the ongoing 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair in Kaduna.

Represented at the event by Reuben Mouka, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Maida who underscored the critical national security importance of linking NINs to SIM cards, reiterated the February 28th deadline given to telecom operators for compliance.

“To this end, the National Communication Commission has directed all telecommunication operators to bar phone lines of subscribers whose lines are not linked to their NINs on or before February 28, 2024,” he stated.

Maida emphasised that this directive aligns with the principles and objectives of the Commission, especially in promoting local content development in the telecom industry. He affirmed the NCC’s commitment to protecting consumers’ rights, ensuring their satisfaction, and providing an environment for affordable and equitable services that support the nation’s economic growth.

“As a regulator of the telecommunications sector in the country, the Commission carries out its functions to ensure service availability, affordability, and sustainability for all categories of consumers, who are leveraging ICT/Telecoms to drive personal and business activities,” Maida explained.

Maida urged telecom firms to prioritise customer satisfaction, maintaining the highest standards of service delivery.

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