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LATEST: Buhari Govt Bans Importation Of SIM Cards

The importing of SIM cards has been outlawed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Isa Pantami, Lagos’s Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy, made the news on Monday in Oniru.

The Nigeria Office for Developing Indigenous Telecoms Sector (NODITS) of the Nigerian Communications Commission hosted the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE), where he gave a speech (NCC).

Pantami said that the largest nation in Africa shouldn’t be importing goods that could be made domestically.

UPDATE: Nigeria To Produce Sim Cards For Africa – Isa Pantami

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“Let me make it clear that the federal government will no longer tolerate the importation of sim cards. We are now producing them in Nigeria.

“Our aim is to increase indigenous content in the ICT sector so that by 2025, we will be self-reliant by at least 80 percent”, the minister noted.

Pantami urged stakeholders and citizens to support government efforts to boost local patronage and consumption.

“If we do this, history will be kind to all of us”, the professor of Cybersecurity added.

Pantami announced in June that a SIM card manufacturing facility had been created in Lagos by the Buhari administration.

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The plant, which was constructed with assistance from the business sector, has the ability to export 200 million cards per year to other African nations.

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