Association of Telephone, Cable TV & Internet Subscribers of Nigeria, (ATCIS) as the leading masses advocacy body that promote Subscriber interests as well as defends Subscriber right in Nigeria with over 197,768,482 million active Subscribers membership strength across 36 States within the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
As the deadline of National Identification Number(NIN) synchronisation to Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) elapsed, Federal Government has ordered telecommunication operators to bar outgoing calls on unlinked lines today Monday 4th April, 2022.
As of today Monday 4th April, 2022, over 125 Million SIMs have had their NINs submitted for immediate linkage, verification and authentication, from two weeks proposed by Minister& Federal Government, with help of our able National President, Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers of Nigeria challenge it with a reasons that lead both party to court in which ATCIS won it many time, that least for good fifteen months (71weeks) Similarly, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has issued over 78 Million unique NINs till date.
“It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, gave the directive for the implementation and commencement of the exercise in December 2020, as part of the administration’s security and social policies. The deadlines for the NIN-SIM linkage has been extended on multiple occasions law suit against FG by ATCIS on behalf of 197.7 million Subscribers across 36 state within six geopolitical zone of Nigeria, following court order to allow Nigerian Subscribers to freely comply with the Policy. The FG also took into consideration the passionate appeals by Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers of Nigeria (ATCIS) and a host of others for the extension of the deadlines in the past.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of the Policy with effect from the 4th of April, 2022. Consequently, the Federal Government has directed all Telcos to strictly enforce the Policy on all SIMs issued (existing and new) in Nigeria. Outgoing calls will subsequently be barred for telephone lines that have not complied with the NIN-SIM linkage Policy from the 4th of April, 2022.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by ATCIS National President Hon Prince Adesina Jelili Bilesanmi aka Ojueko appreciates President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for his tremendous support, Prof Isa Pantami- the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, He also commends the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez Abubakar, Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) Director Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), Head Corporate Communications, Mr Kayode Adegoke my good brother from another mother
along with their Management and Staff, as well as other notable bodies whose efforts have seen to the monumental success of the exercise. Hon Sina Bilesanmi also extends his thanks to the telecommunication operators for their support towards the success recorded.
“Subscribers of such lines are hereby advised to link their SIMs to their NINs before the Telcos can lift the restriction on their lines. Affected individuals are hereby advised to register for their NINs at designated centers and thereafter link the NINs to their SIMs through the channels provided by NIMC and the Telcos, including the NIMC mobile App.
“Our Association has made over 780 newspaper publications, both local and international as well as online news publications, Radio and National Television Station Interviews with about 260 Success achievements so far to the benefit of every Subscribers across the country Nigeria. On advocacy alone ATCIS-Nigeria has spent about N500 million naira according to financial records since 2014 till todate, which has been on self-sponsored by members without government agency’s in Nigeria.”
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