FG rolls out new SIM replacement policy for telecoms industry 

ISA Ibrahim Pantami
ISA Ibrahim Pantami

The Nigerian government has rolled out new policy measures for SIM replacement policy for telecoms industry.

This is part of the federal government’s drive to ensure all subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers, NINs, is moving forward and all stakeholders in the industry are working together to ensure the process is carried out as seamlessly as possible.

The government has also expressed appreciation to Nigerians for the understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of this exercise.

The Ministerial Task Force under the chairmanship of Isa Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy has set up a technical committee made up of representatives of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC,  National Identity Management Commission, NIMC: and the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, and Mobile Network Operators, MNOs.

The technical committee is charged with the operationalization of the process to ensure an expedited linkage of all SIM Registration Records with NIN, a statement jointly signed by Ikechukwu Adinde director, Public Affairs, NCC, Kayode Adegoke head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, said.

The statement made available to Realnews on January 1, stated that “Based on recommendations of the Technical Committee, the minister of Communications and Digital Economy has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged subject to the following conditions: That the subscriber present a NIN; That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and that the relevant guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.

“This policy is part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise. It is aimed at enabling telecommunications service users who need to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIMs to re-establish access to telecom services.”

– Jan. 1, 2020 @ 11: 51 GMT /

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