Disconnection of Mobile Phone Lines: FG Issues Fresh Information Over SIM-Cards Not Linked To NIN
- Nigerians across the country have been urged to ensure that their SIM cards are linked to the user's National Identity Number
- The call was made by the leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission on Sunday, April 10, following claims that the government has directed service providers to unbar blocked lines
- The commission also advised Nigerians who have been disconnected to register their lines and then proceed to linking their NINs
With the growing outrage over the disconnection of SIM-Cards not linked to National Identity Numbers (NINs), the federal government has said that phone numbers affected would not be unbarred.
The disclosure was made by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Sunday, April 10.
A statement which was released by the commission's spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde, and seen by Legit.ng said all numbers not linked to a NIN will remain barred from making calls until users affected obey the directive.
Debunking the claim that the commission had ordered that barred lines be unbarred, Adinde said the information circulating on social media is false and should be disregarded.
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No directive for unbarring disconnected SIM cards
The NCC spokesperson warned phone line users against the fake information which he noted was circulated on social media and websites with a viral weblink and a page displaying the NCC logo.
“The link and accompanying narrative represent patent misinformation and disinformation certainly designed to mislead the general public about the SIM cards that are barred from making calls, due to non-linkage with NIN at the set deadline.
Giving out more information, Adinde urged subscribers who are yet to link their SIMs to go ahead and register lines at accredited centres across the country and then link the NIN with their SIM cards through the various channels made available by the network providers.
NIN mistake: How to correct your name, date of birth and solve other related issues
Details had emerged on how to solve some challenges faced by mobile line users across Nigeria in connection with SIM cards linked to their NIN.
Legit.ng reported that in case you made mistake in your National Identity Number (NIN) or there is a need for you to update your data due to marital status and you don't know what to do, you can follow some the guide here if you wish to resolve it.
There are also some major reasons why you may want to modify your National Identity Number data including marital status, unintentional mistakes, wrongly spelt name and change of address.
NIN-SIM Link: 72 million subscribers groan over blocked lines as telcos count loses
The telecommunication companies in Nigeria have been hit hard due to the disconnection of over 72 million telephone lines in Nigeria on Monday, April 4, 2022.
The losses run into billions of naira, according to telecom experts who said the biggest losers in the government directive are the telcos.
The firms rely on the sales of airtime for revenue and the directive is a direct blow to their major source of income.