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NCC clarifies unblocking SIM Cards requires SIM linkage

*Says ‘we are not recruiting’

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has officially informed telecoms consumers, whose Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards are barred from making calls, that affected SIMs will not be unbarred by the service providers until they are linked with the National Identification Numbers (NINs) of the SIM holders.

ConsumerConnect reports the telecoms regulatory Commission said this information had become necessary in view of a viral web link ( being circulated on social media and on some Web sites.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement issued late Sunday, April 10, 2022, noted that the link and accompanying narrative represented 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 earlier set deadline.

The NCC stated: “The misleading, viral message mischievously displays NCC logo, and ostensibly promises members of the public that, by clicking the web link and following further instructions in that regard, subscribers with barred SIM cards can unbar such SIMs across mobile networks without a valid NIN.”

Dr. Adinde, however, said “for the avoidance of doubt, the NCC wishes to state categorically that it never issued such statement, directing subscribers or indicating that subscribers can unbar their SIM without a NIN. “As such, the originators and peddlers of the spurious message were out to mischievously mislead unsuspecting members of public.”

The Commission, therefore, urged Nigerians to disregard their message .

“The NCC is the national regulatory authority for telecommunications in Nigeria, and it is co-driving the process of the NIN-SIM linkage with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as directed by the Federal Government,” the NCC also stated.

The statement further clarified that “Commission will not, under any circumstance, act contrary to Federal Government’s directive to MNOs to bar SIMs cards not linked to NINs at the expiration of the last deadline given for the NIN-SIM linkage exercise.”

According to NCC, having disclaimed the false viral message, the Commission wishes to officially inform affected telecoms subscribers on how they can get their SIMs actively connected to make calls.

It said: “First, for subscribers that have not registered for their NINs, what to do is to get their SIM cards registered at accredited centres across the country and then, link the NINs with their SIM cards through channels provided by their service providers.”

“Second, for subscribers with registered NINs, what to do is to simply go and link the NIN with their SIMs through channels provided by their service providers.

The NCC, therefore, takes this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM Linkage to among others, strengthen security situation in the country, assist in other socio-economic planning activities of the government, as well as to always advance the course of consumer protection from falling victim to the antics of cyber fraudsters, stated the Director of Public Affairs.

The NCC as well wishes to also inform the general public that it is not recruiting at the moment.

Accordingly, the Commission warms the advertisement indicating there is ongoing recruitment at NCC, which is circulating on Twitter, and through polymediation, may have been diffused to other social media networks, is a scam and should be disregarded.

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