- A new directive has been issued by the federal government
- This is as the NCC said it has lifted the suspension order on replacement and activation of old SIMs
- The FG also empathised with those who are unable to register and activate their SIMs due to the suspension
The federal government has issued a fresh directive announcing the lift of suspension on replacement and activation of old Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card.
The directive was given on Thursday, December 31, in a statement by the director of public affairs of the National Communication Commission (NCC) Ikechukwu Adinde.
The NCC, however, gave a condition that the person must have enrolled and obtained the National Identification Number (NIN).
Speaking on the development, Adinde disclosed that the action became necessary in line with the federal government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM card registration, This Day reports.
Legit.ng gathers the new directive was also conveyed by Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).
ALTON also expressed empathy with those affected by the suspension.
“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 (NIMC) to ensure seamless system.
“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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Meanwhile, the federal government on Tuesday, December 22, announced the approved enrolment centres where Nigerians in Diaspora can register for the NIN.
This was contained in a series of tweets by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) following the NCC's directives mandating the telecommunication operators to block SIM cards not linked to NIN.
Earlier, the federal government also announced approved 173 centres and 30 state government institutions to conduct enrolment for Nigerians staying in the country.
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