NIN: FG Announces Policy for SIM Replacement


The Federal Government has released a policy for telecommunication service subscribers to replace lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged SIM cards using their National Identification Numbers (NINs).

In a statement jointly signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs NCC and Mr. Kayode Adegoke, Head, Corporate Communication, NIMC, it read “The Federal Government’s 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.”

This policy according to National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify as well the exercise of retrieving lost SIM cards.

According to the NCC, subscribers would be required to present their National Identification Numbers for their SIM cards to be replaced.

The National Identity Management Commission will also verify the National Identification Numbers presented by subscribers before Mobile Network Operators replace such SIM cards.

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