FG approves barring outgoing calls over NIN/SIM linkage

The Federal Government has ordered telecommunications companies to immediately bar all outgoing calls for all Nigerians who have failed to link Subscribers Identity Modules( SIM) with their National Identity Numbers( NIN).

It said enforcement of the policy begins from Monday April 4, 2022 as part of necessary steps for security across the nation.

It added it had in the past two years shifted enforcement of the policy at multi times to ensure Nigerians and residents citizens were captured in the database of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

A statement signed on behalf of the government by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and the Director of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke noted that 125 million SIMs have so far been linked with NIN.

It added that 78 million citizens have been issued with unique NINs till date.

The statement reads:”On behalf of the Federal Government, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has commended Nigerians and Legal Residents for their support during the exercise to link the National Identification Number (NIN) to the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).

” As of date, over 125 Million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication. Similarly, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 Million unique NINs till date.

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