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Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Operators commence barring of outgoing calls, ALTON commited to implement - ITREALMS

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The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has commenced implementation with the Federal Government’s directive barring outgoing calls of subscribers who have yet to link their National Identification Number (NIN) with their SIM reports ITREALMS.
Investigations by ITREALMS showed that mobile operators across board have as at Tuesday 12am starting the partial barring of outgoing calls.
It was also gathered that most of them sent short messaging service (SMS) to the suspected defaulters who are yet to link their NIN to SIM.

Affirming this, ALTON via a press statement jointly endorsed by its Chairman, Mr Gbenga Adebayo, and Head of Operations, Mr Gbolahan Awonuga said their members would comply.

ITREALMS recalled that the deadline handed to Nigerians by the Federal Government to link their NINs to the Subscriber Identification Module (SIMs) ended on March 31, after about eight postponements.

At the last minute, government pushed for the linkage and on Friday directed Nigerians to ensure they complete the verification and linkage of their NINs to their SIMs within days.

ALTON chairman, also said they have received formal directive to this effect.

“We can confirm that our members have received formal directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to bar outgoing calls on subscriber lines that are not in compliance with the NIN-SIM Linkage Policy requirement" he said.

He said the policy required that all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) must be linked with an NIN.

“Our members are committed to complying with the instructions and call on telecommunication subscribers who have not obtained or linked their NIN to their SIMs, to do so at any of the designated centres," he said.

The group expressed commitment to support the Federal Government and upholding the rights of citizens to communicate.

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