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BREAKING: FG Lifts Ban On Registration Of New SIMs

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Prospective subscribers, have got a breather as the Federal Government has lifted the ban on new Subscribers Identification Module (SIMs) card registration, after months of a seal placed on it.

The government, in a fresh directive indicated that as from Monday, April 19, 2021, communication companies in the country who had been under strict directives not to issue new SIMs would begin to do so, but with a proviso that the new owners must also provide their National Identity Number (NIN), the reason for the stoppage of the registration in the first place.

The latest development contained in revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a statement by Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi, reads in part: “The implementation of the Policy will commence on Monday, 19th of April 2021.

“The issuance of New SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as verification is done and the guidelines are fully adhered to.

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“The Minister has also directed NCC and NIMC to ensure that the provisions of the Policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.

“The Policy includes Guidelines on New SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM Replacement, New SIM Activation for Corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine (IoT/M2M), amongst others.

“The possession of a National Identity number will be a prerequisite for each of these categories. For the Corporate registration, institutions will be required to appoint a Telecoms Master (at the minimum of an Executive Management level) to provide the operational Primary NIN representation.

“The Telecoms Master will also be responsible for ensuring that the users provide their NINs to serve as a Secondary NIN.

“For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point to point data services specific to the URL they are working with. All other services will be barred.”

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