Telecommunication companies to block sim cards unconnected to NIN, says NCC

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SIM card users have been directed to update their data with telecoms companies with NIN

According to the new directives issued by the NCC, SIM not linked with NIN will be blocked

This will take effect after December 30 as SIM users have been directed to enrol for their national identification number on NIMC website

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has mandated the telecommunications operators across the country to block all the sim cards not linked with National Identity Numbers (NIN).

Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC director of public affairs, made this disclosure on Tuesday, December 15, in a statement in Abuja.

Adinde said the new rule applies to new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, stressing that sim not linked with NIN will be disconnected in two weeks time

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“Operators to require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

“The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks, commencing Dec.16 and ending by Dec. 30. After the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.”

Also announcing the development, Bashir Ahmed, a social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari told Nigerians to “dial *346# to retrieve your NIN” or visit NIMC website to enrol for the national identification number.

“As the NCC gave telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), if already enrolled, dial *346# to retrieve your NIN, as we await details from NCC/telecoms.

“NIMC: For those who are yet to enroll and want to do so conveniently, you can start the process online here; http://www.nimc.gov.ng/ then visit a nearest enrollment centre to complete the registration. See the centres across Nigeria; https://www3.nimc.gov.ng/nimc-enrolment-centres/ ENROLLMENT IS FREE!”

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