The Federal Government has approved a Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) Card replacement policy for subscribers who may have lost, misplaced, or damaged their cards.

Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC)  Dr. Adinde Ikechukwu and Kayode Adegoke of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), jointly made the SIM card replacement policy known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Mr Ikechukwu explained that the SIM policy was part of the government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise so as to enable telecommunications services to the public.

He stated further that the Ministerial Task Force, under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami, has set up a Technical Committee, made up of representatives of the NCC, NIMC, The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, and Mobile Network Operators, MNOs, to facilitate the policy.

Dr. Ikechukwu added that the minister has also  approved some conditions, based on recommendations of the Technical Committee, that required the subscriber to present a NIN, an effective verification of the NIN by NIMC, and adherence with the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC, before replacing SIM Cards.

According to him, the government’s drive to ensure all subscriber registrations were linked with NINs was on course and all stakeholders in the industry are working together to ensure a seamless process, adding that the committee is also charged with the operationalization of the process, to ensure an expedited linkage of all SIM Registration Records with the NIN.

He concluded that the government sincerely appreciated Nigerians for the understanding and the commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of the exercise.




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