The federal government lifted the ban on Thursday December 31 but with a condition that the person must have enrolled and obtained the National Identification Number (NIN).
The federal government had ordered Nigerian Mobile network operators to stop the sale and activation of new SIM cards in the country on December 9.
The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) who conveyed the federal government’s lifting of suspension in a statement it issued, said:
“Further to engagements with government on the matter, we are pleased to report that our members have been granted permission to carry out SIM replacement upon verification of the customer’s NIN. In this regard, our members are working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure seamless system connectivity for verification of NINs.”
“We note the challenges experienced by customers seeking to replace or upgrade their SIM cards following the suspension of sale and activation of SIM cards by the government which also affected SIM replacement.
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