Following a meeting between the Nigerian minister of communication and digital economy, and stakeholders in the country’s communication industry on Monday, December 14, 2020, telecommunication service providers have been given a deadline of two weeks to block users who fail to provide their National Identification Numbers (NIN). The meeting also reaffirmed the order of the government for telecommunication providers to suspend the registration of new SIM cards.
This information was disclosed by the spokesperson of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, in an official statement on Tuesday, December 15.
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 (from today December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020). After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks. A Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs (among others) as members is to monitor compliance by all networks. Violations of this directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde
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