NCC lifts embargo on SIM registration in Nigeria

After four months of suspending the registration of new SIM playing cards, Nigeria’s Communications Price (NCC) has done an about face. The suspension of SIM registrations started in December 2020 when the NCC said that every particular person telcos ought to link Nationwide Identification Numbers (NIN) to every cell subscriber.

The directive in December got here with a likelihood to disconnect every person who failed to connect their NIN to their SIM within 4 weeks. That minimize-off date has been moved twice, with the most up-to-date minimize-off date being Can also 6. 

The reduce-off dates haven’t been very effective since the telcos are expected to register over 50 million cell subscribers within a minute window. Coupled with this is the tempo of the biometric verification process which the NCC says has been “slower than anticipated.”

In all of this, one factor that remained the identical became the embargo on the registration of new SIM playing cards.

That embargo affected Nigerians as we reported here. Irrespective of the detrimental influence of the directive, the NCC remained immovable. 

The ministry of Communications and Digital economic system framed the dialog thru security. It implied that someone who failed to make stronger the endured suspension became in opposition to inside security. 

But now the Ministry has done an about face as said in a directive which it launched on Thursday afternoon. The new directive now enables for registration of new SIM playing cards in what it is calling a “revised nationwide digital identification coverage.”

“The Policy comprises Guidelines on Fresh SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM replacement, new SIM activation for corporates and Cyber web-of Issues/Machine-to-Machine, among others.” 

The assertion also states that registration will now originate up on Monday, 19th of April 2021. All other suspended process around SIM playing cards will even resume on the identical date so long as you would possibly per chance even include your NIN. 

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