The federal government has given new conditions for telecommunication service subscribers to replace damaged, misplaced, lost or stolen SIM cards.

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The new conditions for SIM replacement were disclosed in a joint statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Identity Management Commission on Friday, January 1.

NIN: FG gives 3 gives new conditions for SIM replacement

NIN: FG gives 3 gives new conditions for SIM replacement
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The new directive stipulated that:

1. Subscribers must present their National Identification Numbers (NIN) for their SIM cards to be replaced.

2. That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC.

3. That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.

The agencies stated that the new policy was part of the federal government’s efforts to reduce the burden on subscribers and simplify the exercise.

It said:

“It’s aimed at enabling telecommunications service users who need to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIMs to re-establish access to telecom services.”

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Meanwhile, following the directives given by the NCC to the telecommunications operators in the country to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the NIN, reports have emerged on how subscribers with NIN can submit them to their various network providers.

In a related news, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced the procedures on how to retrieve NIN slip in case of loss and misplacement.

This follows the recent Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC)’s mandate on the linking of the national ID card with the SIM card.

According to the information released by NIMC, Nigerians who lost their NIN slim should take the following steps

Meanwhile, effective from Wednesday, December 30, NIN applicants will be required to do the registration exercise through a booking system throughout the country.

The new guideline was issued on Tuesday, December 29, by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Punch reports.

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The NIMC’s spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, in a statement released on Tuesday disclosed that applicants will now be enrolled only through a number-issuing queue system to achieve orderliness in line with new COVID-19 protocols.

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