The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a directive to telecom service providers to bar subscribers who have failed to link their phone numbers to their National Identification Numbers (NIN) on or before the 28th of February, 2024.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Aminu Maida, who gave the directive through the Director of Public Affairs, Ruben Mouka, at the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair on Wednesday, insisted that as matter of critical national security, telecom consumers must link their NIN to their SIM cards.


He insisted that the February 28th deadline given to telecom operators to bar subscribers would be strictly adhered to cards stands.

The NCC boss also disclosed that as of 2023, the telecoms industry’s had contributed 13.5% to the nation’s GDP.


According to Maida, NCC is committed to protecting the rights of consumers while also ensuring their satisfaction; noting that the commission had created a universally acceptable environment to access affordable and services that will supports the nation’s economic growth.