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FG approves sim replacement policy for subscribers

Bukola Afeni

The Federal Government has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged.
The decision was based on the recommendations of the Techical committee set up by the Ministerial Task Force under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
The Nigerian Communications Commission, and the National Identity Management Commission made the disclosure in a statement jointly signed by the two spokes person.
The technical Committee was made up of representatives of, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and the 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.
“Some of the condition where the sim replacement policy will apply include:
the subscriber presenting a NIN, an effective verification of the NIN carried out by NIMC; and adhering to the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement.”
“This is part of the drive to ensure all Subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers (NINs). Moving forward and all stakeholders in the industry are working together to ensure the process is carried out as seamlessly as possible.”
The policy is part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise. It 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 Government also appreciate all Nigerians for the understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of the exercise.

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