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FG Approves New SIM Replacement Policy

The Federal Government has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged.

This was revealed in a joint press release signed by NCC Director of Public Affairs Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and NIMC Head of Corporate Communication, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, they said the new policy is subjected to the following conditions:

i) That the subscriber present a NIN;
ii) That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and
iii) 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.

It will be recalled that 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.

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