The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has directed that all mobile network operators to require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.
The directive was issued at the end of the meeting conveyed by the minister following the initial suspension of new SIM registrations.
The minister, in a press release signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, directed that “submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks (from December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020).
“After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks,” he added.
To ensure compliance, it was disclosed that, “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.”
The general public is hereby urged to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration data.
The directive to suspend registration of new SIMS by all operators is still active.