FG Approves the Establishment of SIM Swap Centres

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The Federal Government has approved the establishment of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) swap centres by MNOs across the Local Government Areas in Nigeria.

This was announced in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head, Corporate Communications of National Identity Management Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke on Wednesday 3rd March, 2021.

According to the statement, “The NIN Enrolment Agent Licenses granted to mobile network operators has been extended from one to five years in consideration of their satisfactory performance, subject to continuous monitoring. This is a deliberate effort of the Federal Government 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. This will ensure that there is no repeat of the process that was compromised through registration by some agents,” the statement reads.

Also, the Minister 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 for SIM Swap in each of the 774 Local Government in Nigeria.


However, no update has been provided as regards the April 6 deadline for the linkage of National Identity Numbers to SIM Cards.

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