The federal government of Nigeria has given approval for the establishment of dedicated subscriber identity module (SIM) swap centres in all 774 local government areas of the country.
The Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), Ikechukwu Adinde and Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke, disclosed this in a joint statement on Wednesday, reports the Cable.
According to the statement, the decision to establish a SIM swap centre in every local government area was reached at the fourth ministerial task force meeting on the NIN-SIM registration.
The statement further disclosed that the NIN enrolment agent licenses granted to mobile network operators were also extended from one to five years.
The approval for SIM swap centres in all local government areas of the country, it was gathered “is a deliberate effort of the federal government to simplify the enrolment process for Nigerians and legal residents”.
The joint statement reads in part:
“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 past process that was compromised through pre-registration by some agents”.
It is expected that the approval of SIM swap centres nationwide will bring some reprieve to Nigerians who have been thronging the offices of telecoms service providers as well the state offices of the National Identity Card Management Commission daily to either swap their SIM cards or to link it with their NIN.
The statement was, however, silent on the April 6 deadline for the linkage of national identity numbers (NIN) to SIM cards.