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 The Federal Government will be meeting with telecommunications operators and other key stakeholders in the sector over the recent court judgement halting the government from disconnecting SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers by April 6.

The PUNCH reported on Wednesday that a Federal High Court in Lagos State had barred the government from blocking SIM cards not linked to NINs in April.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy as well as operators in the telecommunications space confirmed to our correspondent that the government was making progress with the NIN enrollments and its linking to SIM cards.

They also stated that the recent court order barring the Federal Government from blocking SIM cards not linked to NINs in April would be considered in a meeting that would hold before the expiration of the April 6, 2021 deadline.


FG, telcos to meet over court ruling on SIM blocking deadline

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 The Federal Government will be meeting with telecommunications operators and other key stakeholders in the sector over the recent court judgement halting the government from disconnecting SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers by April 6.

The PUNCH reported on Wednesday that a Federal High Court in Lagos State had barred the government from blocking SIM cards not linked to NINs in April.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy as well as operators in the telecommunications space confirmed to our correspondent that the government was making progress with the NIN enrollments and its linking to SIM cards.

They also stated that the recent court order barring the Federal Government from blocking SIM cards not linked to NINs in April would be considered in a meeting that would hold before the expiration of the April 6, 2021 deadline.

A former second National Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association and human rights lawyer, Monday Ubani, had filed an originating motion and asked the court to stop the Nigerian Communications Commission from disconnecting all SIM cards not linked to NINs.

The first to fourth defendants in the suit include the Federal Government, Attorney General of the Federation, the NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

“These are issues that will be addressed in the meeting that will come up before the April 6 deadline,” an official of the communications ministry, who pleaded not to be named, said.

The planned meeting was further confirmed by the President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, Ikechukwu Nnamani.

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