• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

FG orders telcos to block outgoing calls on unlinked SIMs

telcos to block unlinked sims

The federal government of Nigeria has ordered telecommunications companies in Nigeria to block all outgoing calls on unlinked SIM cards.

This was revealed in a joint statement issued on Monday morning by Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, and Kayode Adegoke, NIMC’s Head of Corporate Communications.

According to the statement, the Federal Government directed all telcos in Nigeria to strictly enforce the Policy on all SIMs issued (existing and new).

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What NCC has to say.

According to the statement, the blocking of registered SIM cards will begin on April 4, 2022.

According to the statement, President Buhari graciously approved the numerous requests to extend the NIN-SIM linkage deadlines.

However, the government has determined that the NIN-SIM Policy implementation can proceed at this time.

Part of the statement read, “It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, gave the directive for the implementation and commencement of the exercise in December 2020, as part of the administration’s security and social policies.

The deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage has been extended on multiple occasions to allow Nigerians to freely comply with the Policy.

The FG also took into consideration the passionate appeals by several bodies –

Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Civil Societies, Professional Bodies and a host of others for the extension of the deadlines in the past.

 

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