A new provision has been provided by the federal for those that have their sim cards stolen.
Nigerians who are unable to retrieve their lines after it had been stolen, damaged, or lost now have a choice to do this.
This comes after the federal released fresh guidelines for the replacement of SIM cards that are damaged, stolen, or lost.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economic, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami approved the new guidelines following the advice of a Ministerial Task Force on issues concerning the telecom industry and National Identity Numbers.
A statement signed jointly by the spokesmen of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and therefore the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and Mr. Kayode Adegoke respectively, noted that the new guidelines are to form processes easier for Nigerians.
The statement noted that the drive to make sure all Subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers (NC) was moving forward, while all stakeholders within the industry are working together to make sure the method is administered as seamlessly as possible.
The Government would really like to seize this chance to sincerely appreciate Nigerians for the understanding and commitment demonstrated towards ensuring the general success of this exercise, it added.
The statement further said “the Technical Committee charged with the operationalization of the method to make sure an expedited linkage of all SIM Registration Records with NIN” has recommended fresh guidelines for damaged, stolen, or lost SIM cards.
The statement reads: “Based on recommendations of the Technical Committee, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has approved a SIM Replacement Policy for subscribers whose SIMs are lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged subject to the subsequent conditions:
i) That the subscriber present a NIN;
ii) That an efficient verification of the NIN is administered by NIMC; and
iii) That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.
“This policy is a component of the Federal Government’s efforts to scale back the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise.
“It is aimed toward enabling telecommunications service users who got to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIMs to re-establish access to telecom services.”