The directive which has been mandated by the Nigerian Communications Commission will reportedly take effect after December 30, 2020. All SIM card users of MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and other networks who have not registered for a National Identification Number will be blocked and cut off from using their respective network providers.
Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC director of public affairs, disclosed this on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, in a statement in Abuja. Adinde said the new rule applies to new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, stressing that sim not linked with NIN will be disconnected in two weeks.
“Operators to require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records. “The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks, commencing Dec.16 and ending by Dec. 30. After the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.”
In line with this, customers who have SIM cards of MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9 Mobile, and the likes are advised to get their NIN in time.
Corroborating the story, Adviser to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad called on all citizens who do not yet have a National Identity Number (NIN) to get theirs.
He said via a tweet:
“NIMC: For those who are yet to and want to do so conveniently, you can start the process online here; http://www.nimc.gov.ng/ then visit a nearest enrollment centre to complete the registration.”
MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9Mobile are the high profile network providers in Nigeria, and they have been directed to block all customers who have not gotten their identifications in the next two weeks.