Foreigners who have been excused from obtaining a National Identity Number must request Subscriber Identity Module activation every six months for a maximum of two years.
This was revealed in a new draft of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s “Business Rules and Operational Processes for Implementation of the National Policy for SIM Activation, Replacement, and Other Key Telecommunications Operational Processes.”
“SIM activations for foreigners exempted from enrolling in NIN shall be configured for a period of six months in the first instance and can be renewed further upon request and where the visa is not for a stay of two years or longer,” according to the report.
It stated that if the foreigner did not seek SIM activation within six months, the SIM would be terminated.
Foreigners who have been in the nation for more than two years must register for NIN as well as fully register their SIM cards.
“NIN is mandatory for foreigners with legal residency status or those living in Nigeria for two years and above. For those who do not already have a NIN, mobile network operators shall capture the resident’s details for NIN issuance as part of the NIN enrolment process, upon presentation of resident’s permits,” it stated.
According to a previous report by PUNCH NEWS National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, foreigners who are residing in Nigeria for less than two years do not require a NIN to register SIM cards.
Recall that, Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s communications minister, has extended the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31 due to revelations of his support for terrorism.
In a joint statement by Ikechukwu Ayinde, spokesman for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, spokesman for the National Identity Management Commission, released on Sunday morning, the decision was made in response to a request from interested actors to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners, and diplomatic missions in the diaspora (NIMC).
According to data compiled, the extension was also intended to address low enrollment in schools and hospitals.