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NCC orders MTN, Airtel, Glo, others to block subscribers not linked to NIN



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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has insisted on its directive that telecom service providers should immediately bar telephone subscribers who have failed to link their phone numbers to National Identification Numbers (NIN) on or before February 28, 2024.

The order was made by the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communication Commission (NCC), Dr Aminu Maida, while speaking at the NCC’s Special Day during the ongoing 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Maida, who was represented by Mr Reuben Mouka, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, insisted that as a matter of critical national security, telecom consumers must link their NIN to their SIM.

He reaffirmed that the February 28th deadline given to telecom operators to bar subscribers who failed to link their NIN to SIM, stands.

The NCC boss said,

Maida also said the NCC was committed to protecting consumers’ rights while ensuring their satisfaction and noting that the commission has created a universally acceptable environment to access “affordable and equitable service and supports the nation’s economic growth.”

Speaking further, Maida said as a regulator of the telecommunications sector in the country,

The NCC boss added,