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Just In: NCC Directs MTN, Glo, Airtel, Other Networks To Start Blocking SIM Cards Without NIN

Just In: NCC Directs MTN, Glo, Airtel, Other Networks To Start Blocking SIM Cards Without NIN


Just In: NCC Directs MTN, Glo, Airtel, Other Networks To Start Blocking SIM Cards Without NIN


The National Communication Commission (NCC) has directed telecom operators in Nigeria to disconnect telephone subscribers who have not linked their National Identification Numbers (NIN) by February 28, 2024.





According to Naija News, this directive was further reiterated today by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr Aminu Maida.



Maida, who spoke during the NCC’s Special Day at the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair on Wednesday (today), stressed the importance of linking NIN to SIM cards for critical national security.



Represented by the Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, Reuben Mouka, Maida also confirmed that the deadline of February 28th remains in effect for telecom operators to disconnect subscribers who have not linked their NIN to their SIM cards.



“To this end, the National Communication Commission has directed all telecommunication operators to bar phone lines of subscribers whose lines are not linked to their NINs on or before February 28, 2024,” he added.



The NCC executive vice chairman emphasized that this was appropriate because the theme aligns with the commission’s principles and goals of advancing local content development in the telecommunications industry.



The NCC chief executive revealed that by 2023, the telecommunications sector accounted for 13.5 percent of the country’s GDP, as stated in the Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report November 2023, published by the National Bureau of Statistics.

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