FG Lifts ban on SIM Card registration

The Federal Government has approved the activation of new SIM card registration with regards to the linking of the National Identity Number linking, starting from April 19, 2021.

The Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi made the disclosure on Thursday.

According to him, in line with the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, Section 23(a), the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, coordinated and led the development of a revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM card registration in collaboration with all other stakeholders.

Isa Ali Pantami
Isa Ali Pantami

He noted that 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.

Dr 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.

Many Nigerians have raised concerns over recent videos online where Pantami was seen with erstwhile Boko Haram leader, Muhammed Yusuf and his support for the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden against the United States. The Minister had praised Bin Laden as a better “Muslim than himself.”

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.

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