… Implementation to Begin April 19
The Federal Government through the Office of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has lifted the ban on Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi.
“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. The Honourable Minister has also directed NCC and NIMC to ensure that the provisions of the Policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.”
The Ministry has also announced that National Identification Number is an important requirement for the registration and activation of new SIMs.
“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.”
Recall that FG ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIMs in December 2020 in order to audit the Subscriber Registration Database again.