The federal government has approved the activation of the new SIM card registration in the Ninth Minister of Communication and the mandatory digital economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, who published Directive Thursday stated that the approval was consistent at the revised digital identity policy for recording the SIM card.

A statement from the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister, Dr. Femi Adeluyi stated that the implementation of the policy will begin on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Adeluyi explained that the issuance of new SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as the audit is carried out and the guidelines are fully adhered to him, the Minister also led the NCC and the NIMC to ensure. that the provisions of the policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.

The Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, Article 23 (a), specifies the role of the Minister to include the wording, determining and monitoring the general policy of the Communications Sector "The Minister coordinated and led the development of the national digital identity policy revision for the registration of the SIM card in collaboration with all other stakeholders. "An earlier policy has been approved on February 4, 2020, while the revised policy has been developed at the beginning of the month March 2021.

"The final changes in the revised policy based on the directives of the President to make the use of the Mandatory NIN for all SIM records were completed yesterday, April 14, 2021.

"Prior to that, the main aspects of the policy project were presented to stakeholders at the 4th Review Meeting of the Ministerial Working Group (MTF) on the NIN-SIM registration held on Friday, February 26, 2021, " did he declare .

The strategy includes guidelines on the new acquisition and activation of the SIM, replacing the SIM card, the new SIM card activation for businesses and the Internet-of-thing / machine-to-machine ( IOT / M2M), among others. The possession of a national identity number will be a prerequisite for each of these categories. In order for the company's registration, he stated that the institutions should appoint a telecommunications master (at least one level of executive management) to provide the representation of the operational primary NIN. "The Telecommunications Master will also be responsible for ensuring that users provide their NIN-serving NINs.

"For IOT / M2M activations, SIM Security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that the SIMS can only be used for point-to-point data services specific to the URL with which they work.

"All other services will be prohibited. In the case where a data service only is particular to an individual use (followed by the car at home, WiFi, MiFi services, etc.), the standard NIN registration process will be followed. A master telecoms will also be required for companies requiring companies that need IOT / M2M. Activations. The complete details of the requirements of each service category will be available in a timely manner. "

NIN, ADELUYI said that significant progress has been made in the country, noting that the federal government is committed to supporting all Nigerians and legal residents to get a NIN.

"The biometric verification process has been slower than expected, due to non-adhesion to many preceding SIM biometric capture processes to NIMC standards," the revised policy will ensure that operators comply with the standards required for biometric capture. .

"Policy guidelines have been carefully developed and although they are in-depth, it should be noted that they have been developed in this way in the national interest since the SIM is essentially a national resource," A-T- he explains.

He encouraged citizens and legal residents to bear the government as the process was developed in the best interest of the country.

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