Government New Sim Replacement Policy: No NIN, No sim replacement by network operators

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A newly released policy for telecommunication services issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria in regards to subscribers who wish to replace lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged SIM cards.
No NIN, No sim replacement
No NIN, No sim replacement by network operators

It was noted that in any of the above said cases, subscribers are expected to go alongside with their National Identification Number (NIN) before they can be issued a replacement of their lost, misplaced, bad, or stolen sim card by telecommunications service.

    The new sim replacement policy engineered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is strictly directed and a part of the Federal Government’s concern to however reduce the stress on subscribers and swiftly ease the processes of users retrieving their lost, stolen, bad or misplaced SIM cards.
    Following the statement issued by the NCC, intending subscribers who wish to get their lost or misplaced sim cards replaced, must provide their National Identification Numbers (NIN) before they will be issued a replacement of their lost or stolen sim cards.

    It is expected of the National Identity Management Commission to ensure the National Identification Numbers (NIN) provided by the subscriber is legit and verified before proceeding in giving a sim replacement to the subscriber.

    Here is the statement as provided by ChannelsTV

    The Federal Government’s drive to ensure all Subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers (NINs) is moving forward and all stakeholders in the industry are working together to ensure the process is carried out as seamlessly as possible.
    The Government would like to seize this opportunity to sincerely appreciate Nigerians for the understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of this exercise.

    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:
    1. Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC);
    2. National Identity Management Commission (NIMC);
    3. The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and
    4. 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.
    Based on recommendations of the Technical Committee, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged subject to the following conditions:
    • i) That the subscriber present a NIN;
    • That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and
    • That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.
    This 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.
    Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde
    Director, Public Affairs
    Mr. Kayode Adegoke
    Head, Corporate Communication

    Just if you are yet to get registered with NIMC, it is highly recommended you get to start the registration process ASAP, to avoid getting deprived of some privileges and services. As the NIN becomes highly important and needed in almost if not every verification registration (Bank, Visas, sim registration), etc

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