Since the Federal Government prohibited outgoing calls from SIMs that were not linked to their National Identification Numbers, four million, seven hundred and sixty-nine thousand, six hundred and eighty-five million subscribers have received Subscriber Identity Modules.
This is according to new Nigerian Communications Commission subscriber data. There were approximately 199.20 million subscribers connected to the national network when the Federal Government barred lines that were not linked to their NINs in early April to enforce its SIM-NIN policy.
In addition, the NIMC revealed in a recent update that there were 85.59 million unique NINs as of July 7, 2022, an increase of 7.59 million since the ban went into effect.
Commenting, the President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, said, “The reason for this growth is not far-fetched.
We cannot make calls and people must do business, people must communicate with one another, and the only medicine business has communication. The reason for this growth is that people who should be making calls are barred and are getting new sims.
“Also, the network operators have capitalised on it and are giving new entrants, people who buy news sims, a lot of bonuses to enjoy them to communicate. The firms know people want to get new sims, so they are encouraging them. Yes, the barring is fuelling growth”.