NIN-SIM Linkage Exercise: Federal Government Expresses Appreciation

NIN-SIM Linkage Exercise: Federal Government Expresses Appreciation

At the end of a review meeting on 18th January 2021, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force has reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise. So far, a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021. Reacting to the report, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, expressed satisfaction with this commendable…

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3G, 4G Telecom Towers In Nigeria Now 53,460—Danbatta

3G, 4G Telecom Towers In Nigeria Now 53,460---Danbatta

The third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) base transceiver stations (BTS) deployment in Nigeria has increased from 30,000 to 53,460 while Fibre Optic Transmission cables expanded from 47,000km to 54,725km in the last five years, resulting in improved broadband/telecoms service delivery to Nigerians. These were parts of industry growth data reeled out by the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta at a briefing for the new Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu, on the functions and regulatory…

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Fed Govt Approves New SIM Card Replacement Policy

Fed Govt approves new SIM card replacement policy

The Federal Government has approved a replacement policy for subscribers whose Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) may have been lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged. Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Mr. Kayode Adegoke of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), jointly made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. Adinde explained that the policy was part of the government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise to enable telecommunications services to the public. He said that the Ministerial Task Force,…

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NIN: NIMC Issues Fresh Guidelines For Applicants As 164 Million Telephone Users Are At Risk Of Being Deactivated

Fed Govt approves new SIM card replacement policy

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),  issued fresh guidelines for applicants to obtain their National Identification Number (NIN). NIMC spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, made this known in a statement titled, ‘NIMC Adopts Booking System For NIN Enrolment’. The statement partly read, “Mindful of the second wave of the COVID-19 which continues to severely affect public health and cause unprecedented disruptions, the Commission wishes to announce that it has adopted a couple of measures to contain the spread of the virus whilst ensuring its services to Nigerians are not entirely interrupted. “Effective…

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NIN: NCC Gives Telcos Dec 30 deadline To Block SIM Cards

NIN: NCC Gives Telcos Dec 30 deadline To Block SIM Cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN). NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde announced the new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Cards rules in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Adinde said the implementation followed the earlier directive on the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami. He said that the minister had convened an…

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FG Cancels N20 NIN Retrieval Charge

FG cancels N20 NIN retrieval charge

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)  and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have been ordered to remove the charge imposed on subscribers for National Identification Number (NIN) retrieval requests. NIMC USSD service to retrieve NIN usually attract an N20 fee which will be deducted from the phone credit balance after dialing *346* However, a statement from the office of The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, stated that the fee was canceled to make linking phone lines to NIN easier. The statement titled, ‘Pantami Orders Cancellation Of NIN…

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NCC To Audit SIM Card Registration Database

NCC To Audit SIM Card Registration Database

In line with the Federal Government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September 2019, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database again. The objective of the audit exercise is to verify and ensure compliance by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with the set quality standards and requirements of SIM Card Registration as issued by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Commission. Accordingly, MNOs…

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Reason NCC Suspends Sale, Registration Of New SIM Cards

Reason NCC Suspends Sale, Registration Of New SIM Cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently directed mobile network operators to immediately suspend the sale and activation of new SIM cards to allow an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. The Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement, said it was necessary for operators to comply until the audit had been concluded. According to him, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, directed the commission to embark on an audit of the database. He, however, said an exemption might be granted following approval…

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NCC Receives International Public Relations Association Award

NCC receives International Public Relations Association Award

The contributions of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to the fight against insecurity in the country have received global endorsement with the Commission bagging two prestigious international awards at the weekend. Leading the pack is the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Awards (GWA) 2020 won by the Commission for its harmonized emergency number, 112 and the construction of Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs) in 36 states of the Federation and the FCT with 19 states already operational and additional 5 readies for activation. The presentation of the IPRA Golden…

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Lai Mohammed Denies N5m Hate Speech Increment Fine

Lai Mohammed Denies N5m Hate Speech Increment Fine

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied announcing an increment in the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5m, despite video evidence to the contrary. Mohammed, who on August 5, 2020, announced the decision of the National Broadcasting Commission to increase the fine for hate speech, stated on oath that he did not do so. The minister said this in a counter-affidavit in response to an originating motion filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos by human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong. Effiong is challenging the…

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