Telecommunications operators and other key stakeholders in the sector will meet with the Federal government over the recent court judgement which put on hold the government’s decision to disconnect SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers by April 6.
A Federal High Court in Lagos State had ruled against the government from blocking SIM cards not linked to NINs in April. As the 6th of April deadline approaches, it is clear that the government has no choice than to comply with the decision of the Court until an appellate court rules otherwise.
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.