NIN registration: Good news as Buhari warns telcos against SIM card blockage

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued warning to Telecommunication Service providers not to embark on blocking of lines  ahead of the February 9 deadline for the National Identification Number (NIN) registration conducted by the National Identification Management Communication (NIMC).

President Buhari issued this warning on Wednesday, January 20, saying no telecommunication mobile operator should block the lines of subscribers before the deadline.
This order was confirmed by the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON). The association however appreciate the President’s concern for their customers.

The body said, “ALTON can confirm to our members that we have received formal confirmation from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) that President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously approved the extension of the deadline for subscribers with NIN to link it to their SIM registration data from 19th January to 9th February 2021.

“We thank the President for giving us more time to deliver on this all important assignment of creating a credible national identity database for the country. We are also grateful to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami, for his commitment to enabling digital economy.”

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