SIM cards operators make announcement that might affect all Nigerians

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The network providers of different telecommunication services in Lagos have said they are yet to receive the order to start registering a new Subscriber Identification Module, SIM, card.

In separate interviews, the telecom providers made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos State on Friday.

INFOXCLUSIVE recalls that the Federal Government had suspended the sale of SIM cards in December 2020 due to NIN registration, but lifted the ban which is to take effect from April 19.

When NAN visited some of the network providers and noticed that they haven’t started registering new SIMs.

In some parts of Surulere and Lagos Island, some officials who pleaded anonymity said the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has not given them the approval to roll out the sales of new SIM cards.

“We are aware of the lift in ban of new SIM cards but we have not been given the official ‘green light to go ahead.

“We still await instructions from the authorities on that issue and that is what we tell our subscribers when they request for it.

“We want to follow due process that we are not held responsible for any SIM card sales, hence we only retrieve old SIMs that were lost with proof of ownership and of course the NIN identification”.

Some subscribers who spoke to NAN, said they need new SIM for their various businesses and other needs.

A trader, Mr. Isaac Benson, said the announcement for SIM registration is a welcome development because he needs it for his new business outlet.

“I still don’t understand why we are yet to register for a new SIM card. I just floated a new business center here in Surulere and I needed to get lines to attach to the center, only to be informed that it was yet to start registration.

“I hope the government will quickly give the network providers the permission to start the reissuing of new SIM to avoid delay in our various businesses.

Ronke Thompson, 18-year-old, complained she was turned down when she requested a SIM card for her new phone.

“I just turned 18 years and I was given a new phone by my brother, I need a new SIM card for myself but my preferred network said no SIM card sales yet.

“I just want to have my own line to reach out to my friends and for my privacy,” Thompson said.

A food vendor, Temitope Yusuf also lamented that her business needs new lines so that her customers can make bookings and orders.

“Right now, I need about two more lines for my staff members to receive orders and bookings for food from customers, we have one line which is really making business slow.

“I sincerely beg that new SIMs should be rolled out to help us,” Yusuf said.

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