FG bars 73m of untied lines – The Sun Nigeria
the The federal government has ordered telecommunications companies to ban outgoing calls on 73 million unbonded lines starting April 4, 2022.
However, he advised all those affected to register their NINs at designated centers and then link them to their SIM cards before telecom operators can lift the restriction on the lines.
The government directive was contained in a statement issued by the spokespersons of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Kayode Adegoke and Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, respectively.
The statement said that over 125 million SIM cards have had their NINs submitted for immediate linking, verification and authentication with over 78 million unique NINs issued to date.
According to the NCC website, as of February 2022, Nigeria had 197,768,482 active GSM subscribers, of which 125 million SIM subscribers had their NINs submitted for binding. This means that approximately 72,768,482 subscribers are currently at risk of being disconnected.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the implementation of the policy with effect from April 4, 2022, with the government directing all telecom operators to strictly enforce the policy on all issued SIM cards (existing and new) in Nigeria.
Therefore, outgoing calls from the affected SIM cards will subsequently be barred for telephone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM binding policy from April 4, 2022, as the owners of these lines have been asked to bind their SIM cards to their NINs before telecom operators can lift the restriction on their lines. “
“Data subjects are hereby requested to register for their NINs at designated centers and then link the NINs to their SIM cards through channels provided by NIMC and telecom operators, including the NIMC mobile application.
“To date, over 125 million SIM cards have had their NINs submitted for immediate binding, verification and authentication.
Similarly, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 million unique NINs to date. the statement said.
It also comes as the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, stressed that registration for the NIN is a continuous exercise and that the NIN is a prerequisite for service in the telephone companies, banks, the Nigerian Immigration Service and for several other government services. “He has also encouraged Nigerians and legal residents to visit NIN registration centers for registration and issuance of valid NINs,” she said.