The Federal Government has approved the establishment of dedicated Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) swap centres by Mobile Network Operators across the Local Government Areas.
This was contained in a joint statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, and the Head, Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke.
The development is part of the resolutions reached at the fourth review meeting held by the Ministerial Task Force on the National Identification Number-SIM registration on Friday and chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
The Federal government has also approved the extension of the National Identification Number enrollment agent licence tenure for MNOs from one to five years, subject to continuous monitoring.
According to the statement, the aim of this is to simplify the enrolment process for Nigerians and legal residents.
The minister tasked a multi-sectoral ad-hoc committee drawn from NCC, National Identity Management Commission, Nigeria Immigration Service, and the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria to immediately complete the review of the processes for new SIM activations for legal residents staying in Nigeria for less than 24 months.
Furthermore, MNOs that already had service centres in critical locations in LGAs, were asked to upgrade the centres to a level where they could qualify as SIM swap centres
The technical committee was mandated to complete the development of a new SIM issuance strategy that could not be compromised to ensure there was no repeat of the past process that was compromised through pre-registration by some agents.