You Can Now Register New SIMs, FG Tells Nigerians

 

The Federal Government on Thursday has lifted the ban on new Subscribers Identification Module (SIMs) card registration as from Monday, April 19, 2021.

 NIN registration, is however, mandatory for registering new SIM cards.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the directive is in in line with the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, Section 23(a) under which the revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM card registration operates

The statement which was signed by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi, the key aspects of the draft policy were presented to the stakeholders at the 4th review meeting of the Ministerial Task Force on the NIN-SIM registration which held in February.

He said, “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 minister has also directed Nigerian Communications Commission and NIMC to ensure that the provisions of the policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.”

He said the Minister, Dr Isa Pantami also presented the revised policy to President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 26, and the final amendments were completed Wednesday with further improvements and endorsed by the President.

“The policy includes guidelines on new SIM acquisition and activation, SIM replacement, New SIM activation for corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine, amongst others.

“For the corporate registration, institutions would 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 would also be responsible to ensuring that the users provide their NINs to serve as a secondary NIN, according to the statement.

Speaking on the NIN registration progress, Adeluyi said the biometric verification process had been slower than anticipated, owing largely to the non-adherence of many previous SIM biometric capture processes to the National Identity Management Commission standards.

He added that the revised policy would ensure that operators conform to the required standards for biometric capture.