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Federal Govt Restores SIM Card Replacement, Activation

The Federal Government has restored the replacement and activation of old Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Cards.

In a statement today, December 31, the Director, Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, the government said the lifting of the ban was on the condition that those seeking activation of SIM cards must have enrolled and obtained the National Identification Number.

Recall that the Federal Government had on December 9, announced the suspension of the sale and activation of new SIM cards across networks.

The suspension order according to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is expected to last till the completion of the audit of the Subscriber Registration Database, which seeks to achieve global standards and quality in the issuance of SIM Cards.

The Commission said that the lifting of the ban became imperative in line with the Federal Government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September 2019.

Meanwhile, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria has expressed joy over the lifting of the ban.

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“Further to engagements with government on the matter, we are pleased to report that our members have been granted permission to carry out SIM replacement upon verification of the customer’s NIN.

“In this regard, our members are working with the National Identity Management Commission to ensure seamless system connectivity for verification of NINs.

“We note the challenges experienced by customers seeking to replace or upgrade their SIM cards following the suspension of sale and activation of SIM cards by the government which also affected SIM replacement.

“We empathise with people who have been unable to reactivate their phone lines as a result of the suspension.

”We, therefore, seek the continued patience and understanding of our esteemed subscribers as we work with all stakeholders towards speedy resolution of issues affecting SIM Registration/Swap and activation.

” We assure you of restoring normal services in a seamless and effective manner as soon as possible.”

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