FG approves establishment of SIM swap centres

The Federal Government has approved the establishment of dedicated subscriber identity module (SIM) swap centres across the local government areas in Nigeria.

The Director, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Kayode Adegoke said this in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The statement said the decision was reached at the fourth ministerial task force meeting on the NIN-SIM registration chaired by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Pantami

“This is a deliberate effort of the federal government to simplify the enrolment process for Nigerians and legal residents,” the statement read.

“The technical committee was mandated to complete the development of a new SIM issuance strategy that cannot be compromised. This will ensure that there is no repeat of the past process that was compromised through pre-registration by some agents.Advertisement

“A multi-sectoral adhoc committee was tasked to immediately complete the review of the processes for new SIM activations for legal residents staying in Nigeria for less than 24 months. The membership of the committee was drawn from NCC, NIMC, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).”

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