Nigerian Government Lifts Suspension Order On SIM Cards’ Replacement

Isa Pantami OnoBello

The Nigerian government has finally bowed to pressure from Nigerians as it announced the lifting of the suspension order on the replacement of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.

In a statement on Thursday, signed by the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, the Commission said the lifting of the ban was on the condition that the person must have enrolled and obtained the National Identification Number (NIN)the National Identification Number (NIN). He was, however, silent on the suspension order on the sales and activation of new SIM cards.

It will be recalled that the federal government had on December 9, announced the suspension of the sale and activation of new SIM cards across networks.

The suspension order according to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy was expected to last till the completion of the audit of the Subscriber Registration Database, which seeks to achieve global standards and quality in the issuance of SIM Cards.

For the Commission, the lifting of the ban became imperative in line with the federal government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September 2019.

Nigerians had kicked against the suspension order on the sales of new SIM cards and the activation of old SIM cards that have been retrieved by their owners, calling on the government to rescind its decision.


Reacting to the lifting of the suspension order, industry stakeholders commended the decision, saying it will help Nigerians reconnect to their loved ones and business partners.


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