The Federal Government has accepted new SIM card enrollment with compulsory National Identity Number linking, beginning from April 19, 2021.
This was revealed in an announcement signed on Thursday from the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Communications and Digital Economic Minister, Dr Femi Adeluyi.
According to him, according to the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, Section 23(a), the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic, Dr Isa Pantami, coordinated and directed the development of a revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM card enrollment in cooperation with all other stakeholders.
He noticed that the draft policy’s crucial details were introduced to the stakeholders in the 4th review meeting with the Ministerial Task Force about the NIN-SIM registration that was held in February.
Dr Pantami also introduced the revised policy to President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 26, along with the last alterations that were finished Wednesday with additional developments and supported by the President.
The coverage includes guidelines on brand new SIM procurement and acquisition, SIM replacement, New SIM activation for corporates, and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine.
For the corporate enrollment, associations are asked to appoint a Telecoms Master (in a minimum of an Executive Management degree ) to offer the operational central NIN representation.
According to the statement, the Telecoms Master is also responsible for making sure that the users supply their NINs to function as a secondary NIN.
The announcement stated, “For IoT/M2M activations, SIM safety protocols could be implemented on the SIM profile to make sure SIMs can only be utilized for point-to-point information services particular to the URL they’re working with. The other providers will be barred.
“At the event, a data-only service is specific to individual usage (eg home automobile monitoring, WiFi, MiFi providers ( etc), the conventional NIN registration procedure will be followed closely. A Telecoms Master are also needed for Corporates requiring IoT/M2M activations.”
Speaking about the NIN registration advancement, Adeluyi stated the biometric verification procedure was slower than expected, thanks mainly to the non-adherence of several preceding SIM biometric capture procedures to the National Identity Management Commission criteria.
He added that the revised policy would ensure that operators conform to the biometric catch’s necessary standards.
He said, “The execution of this coverage will commence on Monday, April 19, 2021. The issuance of new SIMs and other frozen actions will restart on precisely the same date, provided that confirmation is done along with the instructions are fully adhered to.
“The Union has also led Nigerian Communications Commission and NIMC to guarantee that the terms and conditions of the coverage are followed by all subscribers and operators.”
Citizens and legal residents invited to endure with the authorities as the procedure was developed in the best interest of the nation