FG lifts ban on sales, activation of SIM cards

The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted its suspension on the sale and activation of new SIM Cards in the country from Monday, 19th of April 2021.

According to the statement from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the suspended activities can resume as long as mandatory National Identification Number (NIN) verification is done and the guidelines of the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration are fully adhered to.

The ministry stated that the new requirement is in line with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, Section 23(a), which specifies the role of the Minister to include the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector.

This new development comes months after the NCC ordered all operators to suspend the sale and registration of new SIM cards pending the completion of a thorough audit of the Subscribers Registration Database.

Although the integration of all Sim Cards to NIN hasn’t been completed, the ministry revealed that the development of the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration led by the Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has been completed. It added that implementation will commence on the 19th of April 2021.

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