Airtel Nigeria now requires that you have a minimum balance for any USSD transaction to go through. So, the next time you dial a USSD code and you get a message like “Not complete” or whatever, you need to check your airtime balance to be sure you are good to go.

USSD codes have now become a part of our everyday lives from the *737# to the *894# and so on. We are so used to them that most of us rarely go throughout a day without using at least one. Whether to check your bank account balance, get token code, transfer funds to an account in your bank or an account in another bank and more often than not, purchase of airtime.

For reasons best known to them, Airtel has announced that you must now have a minimum airtime balance of five naira (₦5) for USSD codes that you dial to go through except for the ones for purchasing airtime.

If you use an Airtel Nigeria line and you use USSD codes provided by your bank, then don’t be in the habit of leaving only “flashing credit” on your line so that you won’t get stuck when you need to dial that USSD code.

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