BREAKING: FG approves SIM Replacement policy

The Federal Government has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged.

A statement jointly signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs, and Mr. Kayode Adegoke, NIMC’s Head of Corporate Communication, says the policy is aimed at enabling telecommunications service users who need to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIMs to re-establish access to telecom services.

The Federal Government in its drive to ensure that all Subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers (NINs), suspended the SIM replacement activities and instructed that all licensed Telecoms and Mobile Network Operators in the country begin the process.

The Ministerial Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy set up a Technical Committee made up of representatives of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

The Technical Committee is charged with the operationalization of the process to ensure an expedited linkage of all SIM Registration Records with NIN.

According to the statement, the approval of the SIM Replacement Policy by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy is based on recommendations of the Technical Committee.

It further notes that the SIM Replacement for subscribers is subject to the following conditions:

  1. i) That the subscriber present a NIN;
  2. ii) That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and

iii) That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.

It also expresses Federal Government’s appreciation for Nigerians’ understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of this exercise.

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