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Minister Reveals Nigerian Govt’s Efforts To Simplify NIN Registration Exercise
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria, Isa Ali Pantami has revealed the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce the burden on telecommunications network subscribers and simplify the National Identification Number (NIN) registration exercise.
In a statement on Saturday jointly signed by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, the Director Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Kayode Adegoke, the Regional Coordinator of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Federal Government said it appreciates Nigerians for the understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the overall success of the linkage exercise of all SIM registration records with NIN.
24Sevenhub reports that according to the Press Release, Minister Pantami has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs have been lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged, subject to three conditions.
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Read Nigerian authorities’ full statement below:
SIM REPLACEMENT POLICY FOR THE NIGERIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
The Federal Government 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 (Isa Ali Pantami) 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 presents 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 be able to re-establish access to telecom services.
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