After a meeting between Nigeria’s minister of communication and digital economy, and stakeholders in the communication industry, on Monday, December 14, 2020, the federal government has given telecommunications service providers such as MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile, and others, a two-week deadline to block users who do not have a National Identification Number (NIN).
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Further, the meeting also reminded telecommunication providers of the government’s order for suspension of registration of new SIM cards in the country.
In an official statement on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Nigeria Communication Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde disclosed the details of the government’s directive.
‘To this end, the following decisions were taken for immediate implementation by all Network Operators:
i.Affirmation of the earlier directive to totally suspend registration of NEW SIMs by all operators.
ii.Operators to require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.
iii.The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks (from today December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020).
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iv.After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.
v.A Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs (among others) as members is to monitor compliance by all networks.
vi.Violations of this directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.
The general public is hereby urged to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration data.
All inconveniences which might be occasioned by this directive are deeply regretted.’
Dr Ikechukwu Adinde
Director, Public Affairs
December 15, 2020
Link your National Identification Number (NIN) to your mobile number:
MTN: Dial *785# or visit myMTMApp
Airtel: Dial *121*1#
9mobile: Dial *200*8# or visit 9mobile.com.ng/nin
GLO: Send UpdateNIN NIN(number) Firstname Lastname to 109
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