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FG Approves Activation of New SIM Cards, Mandates NIN

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The Federal government has directed network service providers to begin registration of new SIM cards with mandatory inclusion of the National Identification Number (NIN).

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami in a statement through his Technical Assistant (Information Technology) Femi Adeluyi, and obtained by the FidelinfoNews, said said this is in line with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, Section 23(a), specifies the role of the Minister to include the formulation, determination and monitoring of the general policy for the communications sector.

The statement read, “An earlier Policy was approved on the 4th of February 2020, while the Revised Policy was developed in early March 2021. The final amendments to the revised Policy based on the directives of Mr President to make the use of NIN mandatory for all SIM registration were completed yesterday, 14th of April, 2021.
Prior to that, the key aspects of the draft Policy were presented to the stakeholders at the 4th Review Meeting of the Ministerial Task Force (MTF) on the NIN-SIM registration which held on Friday, 26th of February, 2021. Key stakeholders and members of the MTF who joined the Honourable Minister at the meeting included the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Others included the NCC Executive Commissioners for Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo.

“Dr Pantami also presented the Revised Policy to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on Friday, 26th of March, 2021. Mr President made further improvements and endorsed it for implementation. Mr President also commended the Honourable Minister for his commitment in carrying out the responsibility of developing the digital economy sector, including championing the NIN-SIM registration process.

“The Policy includes Guidelines on New SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM Replacement, New SIM Activation for Corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine (IoT/M2M), amongst others. The possession of a National Identity number will be a prerequisite for each of these categories. For the Corporate registration, institutions will be required to appoint a Telecoms Master (at the minimum of an Executive Management level) to provide the operational Primary NIN representation. The Telecoms Master will also be responsible to ensuring that the users provide their NINs to serve as a Secondary NIN.

“For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point to point data services specific to the URL they are working with. All other services will be barred. In the event that a data only service is particular to individual use (eg home car tracking, WiFi, MiFi services, etc), the standard NIN registration process will be followed. A Telecoms Master will also be required for Corporates requiring IoT/M2M activations. The full details of the requirements for each class of service will be made available in due course.

“Significant progress has been made in the NIN registration process across the country. Nonetheless, the Federal Government is committed to supporting all Nigerians and legal residents to obtain a NIN. The biometric verification process has been slower than anticipated, owing largely to the non-adherence of many previous SIM biometric capture processes to the NIMC standards. The Revised Policy will ensure that operators conform to the required standards for biometric capture.

“The Guidelines in the Policy have been painstakingly developed and while they are thorough, it should be noted that they have been developed that way in National interest since the SIM is essentially a national resource. Citizens and legal residents are encouraged to bear with the government as the process has been developed in the best interest of the country.

“The implementation of the Policy will commence on Monday, 19th of April 2021. The issuance of New SIMs and other suspended activities will resume on the same date, as long as verification is done and the guidelines are fully adhered to. The Honourable Minister has also directed NCC and NIMC to ensure that the provisions of the Policy are strictly followed by all operators and subscribers.

“Dr Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise. He reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration, the statement concluded.

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Policeman, Others Shot Dead In Osun Land Dispute

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A policeman, Akinsanya Akingbade, was killed on Friday during a clash between Ileogbo and Iwo communities in Osun State over a parcel of land.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that three other people were also killed while many were seriously injured.

The disputed land is at Asalu at Oke Saji which is the boundary between Ileogbo and Iwo.

As a result of the incident, the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, has summoned the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, and the traditional ruler of Ileogbo, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, to a security meeting in Osogbo with the Commissioner of Police, Mr Wale Olokode.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, while confirming the incident, said one Waheed Adeleye was arrested for the murder of the policeman.

The PPRO said the suspect shot the policeman on his chest with a gun.

Opalola said the deceased was attached to the Ile-Igbo monarch.

The police spokesperson said the remains of the policeman had been deposited at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital in Osogbo.

She said that adequate policemen have been deployed to the communities to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

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Kwara Fire Fighters Rescue 40 Year Old Trapped In Flood

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A 40 years old man was on Thursday rescued from rising floodwaters in Kwara State by men of the State Fire Service.

“About 18:10hrs of yesterday evening, 6th May, 2021 during the heavy downpour, the Brigade was summoned to a rescue operation around Royal Sekina Hotel, along Ajase-Ipo Road in Ilorin Kwara State,” a statement by the spokesperson of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, reads.

“On getting to the incident, a man of about 40-year-old had been trapped inside the flood. Most importantly, the victim man called Abdulwahab Olarewaju was able to recover well alive by our firemen from this turbulent flood.”

He quoted the fire service boss, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa (CFO), as urging resident “to always be safety cautious especially during the rainfall”.

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BREAKING: Former Minister ‘Mama Taraba’ Is Dead

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Aisha Alhassan, former Nigerian Minister for Women Affairs is dead.

Alhassan, known widely as Mama Taraba, was appointed as Minister in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that She died at 61 in Cairo, Egypt.

Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party in Taraba State also confirmed her death to one of our correspondents.

AlHassan is a former Minister of Women Affairs and former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.

She contested for the same seat on the platform of the UDP in the 2019 general elections after resigning as a minister in the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on July 27, 2018.

The former senator was born on the 16th of September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.

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