NCC Sets To Block SIM Cards Without Identification Number

The Nigerian Communication Commission NCC, has ordered the blockage of Sim cards that are not registered with the National Identification Number NIN.

This was made known in a statement revealed by the Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Ibrahim yesterday 15th December 2020.

The meeting had in attendance the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as well as the CEOs and Management staff of all service providers in the industry.

Following the statement given, the following resolutions were made:

i.​Affirmation of the earlier directive to totally suspend registration of NEW SIMs by all operators.

ii.​Operators to require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

iii.​The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks (from today December 16, 2020, and end by 30 December 2020).

iv.​After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.

v.​A Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs (among others) as members is to monitor compliance by all networks.

vi.​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.

All inconveniences which might be occasioned by this directive are deeply regretted.


Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde

Director, Public Affairs

December 15, 2020


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