“The updated policy is expected to ensure that the National Identity Number becomes a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards (while for foreigners, their passports and visas should be used), while already registered SIM cards are to be updated with NIN before December 1, 2020.
“There should be a maximum number of SIM cards that can be tied to a single individual, possibly a maximum of three.”
The revised policy would ensure that, henceforth, the National Identity Number would become a compulsory requirement for registration of new SIM cards in the country.
The new policy would also put a cap on the number of mobile phone lines or SIM cards that could be obtained and registered by an individual.
While fresh registration of SIM card is to be accompanied with a subscriber’s NIN, all already registered SIM cards are to be updated with the identity number before December 1, 2020.
Similarly, foreigners are to use their passport and or visa numbers to register SIM cards.
The commission was also ordered to ensure that, henceforth, no unregistered SIM is ever allowed on mobile networks.
The new policy would also make it mandatory for mobile network operators to fortify their networks against cyberattacks.