- No registration of new SIMs after blockage, it insists
The Federal Government has ordered the immediate synchronization of all telephone SIM cards with valid National Identification Number (NIN) of subscribers, without which SIM cards will be blocked permanently by December 30, 2020. The synchronization exercise is to begin immediately from December 16, 2020 to end December 30, 2020.
This, the government said, is to consolidate the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit and improve the performance and sanity of the sector.
This directive came after an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the communications sector convened by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
The meeting, in its resolution, insisted that all telecom operators must from Wednesday, December 16, 2020, require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update their SIM registration records.
Consequently, part of the resolutions reached at the meeting include: that the submission of NIN by subscribers should take place within two weeks (from today, December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020).
At the meeting, the imperative to consolidate the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit and improve the performance and sanity of the industry was exhaustively discussed and all stakeholders conceded that urgent drastic measures have now become inevitable to improve the integrity, security and transparency of the SIM registration process.
Pursuant to this, other decisions taken for immediate implementation by all network operators include: Affirmation of the earlier directive to totally suspend registration of New SIMs by all operators; operators to require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records and after the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.
The meeting further included the setting up of a Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs, among others, as members, to monitor compliance by all networks.
According to them, violations of this directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.
They however, urged the general public to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration data and apologized for all inconveniences which might be occasioned by this directive.
The meeting had in attendance the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as well as the CEOs and Management staff of all service providers in the industry.
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