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Reason Behind Some Telecoms In Nigeria Restricting Outgoing Calls

NCC has instructed all MNOs to block any lines that haven’t been connected to NIN

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All MNOs have been ordered by the NCC to ban any lines that have not been linked to NIN | image illustration by (SmarttechVillas)

It has been reported that the Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) and Airtel Nigeria have apologised for the limitations that they imposed on certain of their customers.

The telecommunications companies’ tweets on Tuesday verified this. According to the corporations, the federal government requested that carriers prevent SIMs that are not tied to NIN from making outgoing calls, and thus the limitations were applied.

MTN’s notice reads, “Good morning. ” We apologise for any trouble this may have caused you. The Federal Government issued an order to apply limits on outgoing calls to consumers who have not connected their National Identification Number (NIN) to their SIM.

Please be aware that the NCC has instructed all MNOs to block any lines that haven’t been connected to NIN – Airtel Also Stated.

According to a report by Smarttechvillas, the Nigerian Communication Commission has announced that barring registered SIM cards will begin on April 4, 2022. Officials said Nigerian President Mr. Muhammadu Buhari has kindly authorised many petitions to extend deadlines for linking NIN and SIM. However, the government has concluded that the implementation of the NIN-SIM Policy may proceed at this time.

“It will be noted that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, provided the direction for the execution and beginning of the exercise in December 2020, as part of the administration’s security and social initiatives,” said the statement.

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For individuals who are impacted, registering for NINs at designated centres and then connecting NINs to SIMs is the recommended | Image illustration (SmarttechVillas)

In order to allow Nigerians to fully comply with the policy, the NIN-SIM linkage dates have been repeatedly extended. This decision was made in response to several calls from various organisations, including the Association for Licenced Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Civil Societies, and Professional Bodies.


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Due to these numerous requests for delays in connecting NIN and SIM, Mr. President has generously authorised them all. NIN-SIM Policy implementation has been approved by the Government at this phase since the necessary infrastructure is in place to assure compliance by citizens and legal residents.

Government strategic planning, particularly in the areas of security and socio-economic predictions, is impacted by the implementation of this policy.”

According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the policy will go into force on April 4, 2022. Following this directive, all telecoms in Nigeria have been instructed to rigidly implement the policy on all SIMs issued (existing and new).

Incoming calls will be restricted beginning on April 4, 2022, for phone lines that have not adhered to the NIN-SIM connection policy. Before their lines may be unrestricted, Telcos are advising customers with such lines to link their SIMs to their NINs.

Registration for NINs at specified centres and subsequent linking of NINs to SIMs via NIMC and Telco channels, including the NIMC mobile app, are recommended for those who are affected.

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