After the NIN verification deadline passed on March 31, the Federal Government instructed Telcos to suspend outgoing calls on all lines that had not linked their SIMs to NIN.
Meanwhile, many Nigerians have been barred from making phone calls because they have not followed the instructions. Around 72.77 million active telecom customers were unable to use their SIM cards to make phone calls.
Telecommunication companies have lost nearly N75.78 billion because subscribers have failed to link their National Identification Number to the Subscriber Identity Module just 23 days after the Federal Government ordered telecom companies to stop allowing defaulting customers to make outgoing calls.
Voice income is a significant source of revenue for telecom companies. In 2021, MTN earned N819.74 billion in voice revenue, while Airtel earned N397.91 billion.
According to the Nigerian Association of Telecommunications Companies, the industry’s average revenue per user in 2020 was N1,420. This equates to approximately N1,041.33 per subscriber in 22 days.
Subscribers with blocked lines can have them unblocked after linking their SIMs to their NINs, according to the announcement.
According to a source in the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, the verification process has become a major headache for operators and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission.
Nigeria’s favorite telecom brand, Glo has taken a bold step by creating a NIN offer to see if they can urge customers to link their lines with the NIN as soon as possible to reclaim customers and recoup losses.
The Glo NIN Offer is a one-time bonus offer available only to customers who are barred from making outgoing calls on the Glo network due to NIN noncompliance.
The bonus value can be used only to call, browse and text at the following rates: On-net – 36k/sec, Off-net – 36k/s, SMS-N4, Flexi Data Browsing – N10/MB.
The bonus value will be credited to the impacted customers 1 hour after they are unbarred.
The bonus value will be credited to a dedicated bonus account.
The bonus validity will be 7 days from the date of first use.
This offer is available to all customers who got barred and submitted their NIN after the 5th of April 2022. So, if you’ve done the submission before the 5th of April, you won’t be eligible for the Glo NIN offer.
How to link NIN to Glo SIM card
- Send “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName and LastName” to 109 or dial ∗109∗NIN# or visit gloworld.com/ng/nin/ to link it online.