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These are the people that can register a new SIM card starting from today in Nigeria.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has given go ahead to the Telecom operators to resume the registration of new SIM cards in the country, nearly 5 months after the process was suspended.

The registration of new SIM cards has been suspended in Nigeria since December 2020. The suspension was mandated by the Federal government as part of the government's efforts to make sure every Nigerian citizens have their National Identity Number (NIN) linked with their SIM cards. 

With the directive in place, no new SIM card could be registered in Nigeria since December 2020. This has been fiercely critised by some critics that argued that the order is stalling the development of the Nigerian telecommunication industry. 

However, the FG has now reversed on her previous stance, and approved the activation of new SIM registration in the country.

In the press statement released from the office of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Pantami, any person that has already obtained his/her NIN can now go for the registration of their new SIM cards.

In line with the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM card registration, the use of NIN is now mandatory for registration of new SIM cards in Nigeria.

Below is the press statement released this afternoon.

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