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Now That All SIMs Without NINs Will Be Blocked By December 30, Here’s What You Need to Do



The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered all telecommunication operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), within two weeks, starting from December 16, 2020, to December 30, 2020.

This order was given after an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications industry convened by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) on Monday, December 14, 2020, Vanguard reports. This is due to the need for improvement of the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit, and improve the performance and sanity of the telecommunication sector.

The following decisions were taken for immediate implementation by all Network Operators:

  • Affirmation of the earlier directive to totally suspend the registration of NEW SIMs by all operators.
  • Operators will require ALL the subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.
  • The submission of NIN by subscribers must take place within two weeks (from today December 16, 2020, and end by 30 December 2020).
  • After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs will be blocked from the networks.
  • A Ministerial Task Force comprising of the Minister and all the CEOs for the telecoms sector (among others) as members is to monitor compliance by all networks.
  • Those who disobey this directive will face a hard punishment, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.

Now that this order has been put in place, here’s what you need to know:

  • If already enrolled, dial *346# to retrieve your NIN.
  • For those who are yet to enrol and want to do so conveniently, you can start the process online here; then visit the nearest enrollment centre to complete the registration. Click here to see the centres across Nigeria; and note that enrolment is totally free.

When going for your NIMC registration, here’s what you’ll need:

According to the NIMC website, Nigerian and Legal Resident from the age of 16 years and above will need these supporting documents to enrol for a NIN.

  • Your BVN if you have one.

Original and valid supporting documents such as:

  • Old National ID Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Voter’s card (Temporary or Permanent)
  • Nigerian International passport
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Attestation letter from a prominent ruler in your community
  • Birth certificate
  • Declaration of age
  • Attestation letter from religious/traditional leader
  • NHIS ID card
  • Government staff ID card
  • Registered/recognized private organization staff ID card
  • School ID Card (private/public)
  • Tax Clearance certificate
  • Valid immigration documents

Visit the website for more information.


  1. by_stander

    December 16, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    2 weeks is too long, they should have made it 2hrs.

    People are suppose to get all these documents and take it along? Even if the clowns have ways to verify each, it will take more than 2 weeks to complete the process for thousands, not to mention millions.

    If BVN is useful, why cant BVN be given instead? or any other means of id to the networks?

    Its hard to believe this guy still has a job after this stupid announcement. How can you just wakeup and throw the entire country into chaos?

    Do you know how many deaths this exercise will cause as a direct result of covid infections? and the amount of damage that will be caused by actually cutting-off lines?

    in any other reasonable country these clowns would be sued.

  2. Nonso

    December 17, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Indeed, Our leaders are shameless idiots. This new sudden policy sounds like something that only happens in an animal farm. Just 2 weeks? This guy is senseless.

  3. Uchechi okoro

    December 17, 2020 at 8:05 am

    And who says its free!? I was told to bring 5k before I cn b attened to! What about people in d rural areas? Hv they considered that? Do u kw hw many times I hv tried obtaining it? Its either money or by connection now

  4. Emeka

    December 19, 2020 at 10:36 am

    What nonsense is this? Our biodata SAS captured during sim registration so why this Nu stuff. Where van one obtain all these documents reqiired. Just want to get out og the jungle…

  5. Mighty

    December 21, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Those idiots
    We that we don’t have this document
    We should not use phone abi
    These pple you just like threaten we that we have no rank
    God will judge yoir stupid act
    Our government are all animals
    U should have let us provide in 3 min
    Block it if u wanna block it
    Just because u don’t want people to see what is going on online with those your bad habit


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