Telecom operators given two weeks to block SIM cards without NIN

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).

It warned that any telecom operators that failed to comply with the directive risked outright withdrawal of its licence or heavy penalty.

Last week the government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ordered the suspension of new SIM registration by telecom operators to allow an auditing of duly registered SIM cards by networks operators.

A statement on Tuesday by the Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde noted that “following the earlier directive on the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) convened an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications industry on Monday, December 14, 2020.”

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