FG Lifts Ban On Registration of New SIMs




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ban placed on registration of new sim cards by federal of Nigeria has been lifted.

effective date for implementation, said, is Monday, April 19, 2021.

It however placed NIN registration as mandatory for registering new SIM cards.

latest development was contained in revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A statement by Technical Assistant ( ) to Minister of Communications and , 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 suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as verification is done and the guidelines are fully adhered to.

“The Minister has also directed NCC and 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 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 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 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 specific to the URL they are working with. All will be barred.”

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