The federal government of Nigeria has lifted ban placed on SIM registrations. Consequently, issuance of new SIM cards is set to commence Monday, April 19, 2021.This is coming after a statement released by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami through his Special Assistant, Dr. Femi Adeluyi on Thursday.
SIM registrations were halted across the country in December, 2020 to enable all link their National Identification Number (NIN) to their mobile numbers to prevent a disconnection of lines.
Dr. Adeluyi further disclosed that anyone seeking to obtain new SIM card must provide NIN and observe all other stipulated guidelines for registration.
Sequel to the earlier policy that was approved on the 4th of February, 2020, a revised policy was implemented in March, 2021. According to him in a statement issued by the Ministry of Communications, the revised policy specifies guidelines on new SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM Replacement, New SIM Activation for Corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine, amongst others. The ownership of a National Identity number will be a prerequiste for each of these categories. The statement further reads thus;
“ For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols will be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point to point data services specific to the URL they are working with. All other services will be barred.
For Corporate registration, institutions will be required to appoint a Telecoms Master (at the minimum of an Executive level) to provide the operational Primary NIN representation. The Telecoms Master will also be responsible to ensure that the users provide their NINs to serve as a secondary NIN”.