Minister orders new sim card policy

The Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy has directed the Nigeria Communication Commission to revise the policy on sim card registration and usage.

In line with Section 25(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, the minister, Isa Pantami, said the National Identity Number (NIN) will be a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards.

In a statement signed by the minister’s Technical Assistant (Information Technology), Femi Adeluyi, on Tuesday, he said the revision of the policy is based on the feedback received from security agencies.

This is coming after the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs.

He noted that foreigners will use their visas for the…

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