The Federal government has released fresh guidelines for the replacement of damaged, stolen or lost SIM cards.
This is part of efforts to tidy up the processes of obtaining fresh cards.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economic, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami approved the new guidelines following recommendations of a Ministerial Task Force on issues relating to the telecom industry and National Identity Numbers.
A statement signed jointly by the spokesmen of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, and the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Mr Kayode Adegoke respectively, noted that the new guidelines are to make processes easy.
The statement said the drive to ensure all Subscriber registrations are linked with National Identification Numbers (NINs) was moving forward, while all stakeholders in the industry are working to ensure the process was carried out as seamlessly as possible.
Recommendations of the Technical Committee
“That the subscriber present a NIN;
“That an effective verification of the NIN is carried out by NIMC; and
“That the relevant Guidelines and Regulations of NCC concerning SIM Replacement are fully adhered to.
It is aimed at enabling telecommunications service users who need to replace their damaged, stolen or misplaced SIMs to re-establish access to telecom services.
NCC ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identity Number.
Large activities for NIN on the NIMC web portal led to its crash last week.
Large crowds also resurfaced at NIMC centres nationwide after the Christmas break.