The Nigerian Government has ordered Mobile Network Operators to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM cards) without with valid National Identification Numbers (NIN) after December 30, 2020.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami ordered the block of the SIM cards during a meeting of key stakeholders in the communications industry. This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.
Dr Ikechukwu said in a statement that the meeting was convened following the earlier directive on the suspension of new SIM card registration by network operators. He mentioned they discussed the need to consolidate the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit to help improve the performance and sanity of the sector.
The NCC said stakeholders agreed that urgent drastic measures had now become inevitable to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process. It said: “Operators are to require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number to update SIM cards 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.”