NewsOnline Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government has said that the issuance of new SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on Monday, 19th of April 2021.
This is following the completion of a final draft of the National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, making NIN mandatory for all SIM registrations in the country.
The new or revised Policy was completed Wednesday, 14th of April, 2021.
An earlier Policy was approved on the 4th of February 2020, while the Revised Policy was developed in early March 2021.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) who coordinated and led the development of a Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration in collaboration with all other stakeholders based on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari said: “The Policy includes Guidelines on New SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM Replacement, New SIM Activation for Corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine (IoT/M2M), amongst others. The possession of a National Identity Number will be a prerequisite for each of these categories. For the Corporate registration, institutions will be required to appoint a Telecoms Master (at the minimum of an Executive Management level) to provide the operational Primary NIN representation.
The Telecoms Master will also be responsible to ensuring that the users provide their NINs to serve as a Secondary NIN.