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NCC Mandates Telecom Operators to Deactivate Unlinked SIMs

he Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed telecom operators to deactivate any active mobile line not linked to the National Identification Number (NIN) by February 28, 2024. The commission introduced these measures to authenticate and safeguard users’ identities through designated codes.

Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, disclosed this during the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair. Represented by Mr. Reuben Mouka, a director, Maida emphasized NCC’s role as an independent regulatory authority overseeing telecommunications services in Nigeria.

Maida highlighted NCC’s vision to create a regulatory environment ensuring universal access to affordable and equitable services, supporting the nation’s economic growth. He emphasized the commission’s commitment to addressing consumer challenges while promoting economic growth through local content development.

In 2023, the telecoms industry contributed 13.5% to the nation’s GDP. NCC encourages businesses to prioritize customer satisfaction, assuring the implementation of measures for consumer protection and dispute resolution.

The NCC previously directed Mobile Network Operators to implement approved Harmonised Short Codes (HSC) to enhance consumers’ quality of experience across networks. The campaign on National Identification Number-Subscriber Identification Module (NIN-SIM) linkage was initiated for identity authentication and protection.

Subscribers are urged to link their NIN to their SIMs by submitting the NIN to their service providers. For those without NIN, enrollment is possible at National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) Enrollment Centres or Service Providers’ Customer Care Centres, requiring a valid ID card and BVN.

As a matter of national security, telecom consumers are mandated to link their NIN to their SIMs, with the NCC instructing operators to deactivate unlinked phone lines by February 28, 2024.

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