Following the recent development of the Nigerian Federal Government’s who in a resolve have lift the ban on new SIM registration since April 15, 2021. Starting April 19, 2021, Nigerians and foreign residents who reside in Nigeria are now free to buy and register new SIMs Cards of their choice in the country.
According to Dr. Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy, alongside other industry stakeholders, who together made the announcement that the National Identity Number (NIN) will be a mandatory requirement for acquiring and activating any new SIMs cards starting April 19. This no doubts goes for individuals, corporates, and SIM replacement.
However the condition given to corporates organizations and company’s states that each body will now need to appoint a Telecoms Master at the executive management level to provide the operational primary NIN to be used in representation for the company’s lines.
For Internet things (IoT)/system-to-gadget devices, the government said its going to implement a SIM safety protocols to make sure that the sim will only work for factor-to-factor information offerings and bar all other SIM services.
Standard NIN registrations will apply for individuals using the SIM for IoT devices such as home/car tracking, WiFi, or MiFi services. Furthermore, the appointed Telecoms officer/manager will handle the IoT registration for corporate companies.
Meanwhile, in December 2020, the Nigerian government issued a ban on the sale of new SIM cards and decree that every Nigerian should link their NIN to their SIMs or risk getting barred.
The policy has affected so many individuals, businesses, and subscribers for telecom companies have dropped drastically. The forced instances of crowds for NIN registrations have coincided with an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Techpoint added that the Fed government promises to provide more details on how deep the policy goes, although If you are yet to link your NIN to your any of your sim cards kindly check out this link on how to do that.