Federal Government Cancels Ban on SIM activation/Replacement

On 31st December, 2020 the Federal Government of Nigeria, cancelled the initial prohibition on activation and replacement of old SIM card.

This was on the ground that the subscriber must have been registered and has gotten his/her the National Identification Number (NIN).

The initial suspension of the trade and activation of new Sims of all networks by the federal government was made known on 9th December, 2020.

The prohibition was initially supposed to be effective until the Subscriber Registration Database audit is finished so as to achieve quality in the issuance of SIM Cards and maintain good global standards.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, , who made the suspension public in a statement from the Commission, made it clear the action was necessitated by the desire of federal government’s to integrate the success of the September 2019 SIM Card registration exercise.

In a statement issued by the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), they conveyed their support to the removal of the prohibition  and are happy about it.

They also said that more effort in put in place to make sure that the connectivity of the system for NIN verification becomes a success.

Mr. Gbenga Adebayo and Mr. Damian Udeh both ALTON Chairman and its Publicity Secretary respectively made it point blank that they understand the issues their customers are faced with regards to upgrading and changing of SIMs due to the probation of activation and trade of SIMs by the federal government of which had an effect on the replacement of SIM.

We are doing our best to find the fast way of resolving this pressing issue that is having a serious effect on SIM swap/registration and its activation.

Pls try and give us more time to achieve the best way to sort these pressing problems.

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