The Federal Government has listed new conditions for telecommunication service subscribers to replace lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged SIM cards, The Punch reports.
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, henceforth, subscribers must present their National Identification Numbers for their SIM cards to be replaced.
Also, the National Identity Management Commission will verify the National Identification Numbers presented by subscribers before Mobile Network Operators can replace such SIM cards.
Telcos are also expected to adhere to other SIM replacement guidelines.
These were contained in a statement jointly signed by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde; and Head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke on Friday.
According to the statement, the decision was taken by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami after he considered the report by a technical committee “charged with the operationalisation of the process to ensure an expedited linkage of all SIM Registration Records with NIN”.
The committee comprised the NCC, NIMC, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, and Mobile Network Operators.
The statement titled, ‘SIM Replacement Policy For The Nigerian Telecommunications Industry’, partly read, “Based on recommendations of the Technical Committee, the Honourable 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.”
Oasis Magazine had earlier reported that the Federal Government through the NCC ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identity Number.
Large crowd thronging the NIMC web portal for the process of obtaining their National Identity Number led to the crash of the portal last week.
Large crowds also resurfaced at NIMC centres nationwide this week after the Christmas break.
BREAKING: DELSU SSANU Chairman, Izu Regains Freedom After 6 Days In Kidnappers’ Den
Okowa Has Transformed Delta Beyond Expectations –Jeffery Mordi
Okowa Congratulates New CDS, Gen. Irabor
PANDEF Reacts To Appointment Of New Service Chiefs
Governor Wike Commends President Buhari Over Sack Of Service Chiefs
Obaseki Pays January Salaries, Pension
Delta Presents Position On PIB, Wants Role Of Host Communities Prioritised
Delta Schools To Begin Second Term January 11
Plaza Dedication: Ogboru Names Building After Late Mother
CSP Erhabor Who Rejected N864M Bribe Resigns From Police After 30 Years Of Service…See Reason
Abraka: Suspected Yahoo Boy Caught Trying To Dispose Corpse Of Girlfriend After Allegedly Killing Her
BREAKING: FEC Approves 65 Years As New Retirement Age For Teachers
Chief Watchman Goes Home, As Family Announces Funeral Activities
NIN: FG Outlines New Conditions To Replace SIM
Education16 hours ago
BREAKING: Delta To Upgrade Ozoro Poly, DELSU-Anwai, COE-Agbor To Universities
Education14 hours ago
Delta Journalist, Oliver Condemns Move To Upgrade Ozoro Poly, Two Others To Universities
Education18 hours ago
BREAKING: Private School Teachers In Nigeria Register Union
News12 hours ago
BREAKING: President Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs, As Olonisakin, Buratai, Others Resign
World News20 hours ago
President Biden Overturns Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Service Ban