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NCC Mandates Telecoms to Deactivate Unlinked Phone Lines by February 28, 2024

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NCC Mandates Telecoms to Deactivate Unlinked Phone Lines by February 28, 2024

In a recent directive aimed at bolstering national security measures, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has once again underlined the imperative for telecoms operators to deactivate phone lines not linked to National Identification Numbers (NIN) by February 28, 2024. Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, emphasized the significance of this measure during the commission’s Special Day at the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair on Wednesday.

Dr. Maida underscored the critical role of linking NIN to SIM cards in safeguarding the nation against various security threats. With the deadline fast approaching, he urged telecoms companies to prioritize compliance with the directive to ensure the integrity of the telecommunications network and enhance national security.

Moreover, Maida highlighted the NCC’s broader mission of ensuring consumer satisfaction and fostering economic growth through enhanced service accessibility. He referenced recent initiatives, such as the implementation of harmonized short codes for service provision, aimed at streamlining access to telecom services across all networks.

Explaining the process of linking NIN to SIM cards, Maida reiterated that subscribers must submit their NIN to their respective service providers. For those without a NIN, he outlined the process for obtaining one from National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) Enrolment Centres or Service Providers Customer Care Centres, stressing the importance of valid identification and BVN for enrolment.

In conclusion, Dr. Maida emphasized that linking NIN to SIM cards is not only a regulatory requirement but also a critical component of national security. As the deadline looms, the NCC remains resolute in its commitment to enforcing compliance and safeguarding the telecommunications infrastructure for the benefit of all Nigerians.

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