*As President commends achievement recorded so far
The federal government has given approval to Mobile network operators to establish dedicated SIM Swap Centres across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria.
In a joint statement by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications,Nigeria Identify Management Commission Mr Kayode Adegoke, the duo affirmed the decision was reached at a meeting by the Ministerial Task Force on the NIN-SIM registration held on Friday, February 26, 2021, chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
According to the statement approval was given for the extension of the tenure of NIN Enrolment Agent Licenses for Mobile Network Operators from 1 to 5 years in consideration of their satisfactory performance, subject to continuous monitoring this is in a bid to simplify the enrolment process for Nigerians and legal residents.
“The Technical Committee was mandated to complete the development of a new SIM issuance strategy that cannot be compromised.
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)”.
The statement furthermore, stated that MNOs that already have Service Centres in important and critical locations in LGAs, are expected to upgrade these Centres to a level where they can qualify as SIM Swap Centres in order to reduce the challenges associated with the SIM Swap/Replacement process for the citizens.
The purpose is to bring SIM Swap Centres closer to Nigerians regardless of their location.
The Minister also tasked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and MNOs, to come up with a framework for the establishment of SIM Swap/Replacement Centres in each of the 774 LGAs in the country, beginning with critical and feasible locations.
The EVC of NCC, Prof Danbatta, briefed the meeting on the outcome of the Senate Investigative Hearing on 5G Deployment in Nigeria, which took place on February 25, 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari, was briefed on the activities of the Ministerial Task Force. He strongly commended the achievement recorded so far and urged the Minister and other stakeholders to maintain the tempo.
The Honourable Minister also appreciated Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise, which has many benefits to the country and its citizens.
The meeting was graced by heads of communication and security agencies in the country.