FG’s Suspension Of SIM Card Registration Forces 2 Million Youths Out Of Jobs


The Arewa Telecom Operators Agents SIMCard Dealers Association (ATOASDA) said that about two million Nigerian youths have been rendered jobless by the recent suspension of sale, registration and activation of SIM cards.

The federal government through the ministry of communications and digital economy recently put the exercise on hold.

The Nation reports that the association made the disclosure on Monday, December 28, while addressing journalists in Kaduna.

The telecom dealers claimed that they were aware of the federal government’s intention to address security challenges through linkage of National Identity Number (NIN) with mobile numbers and suspension of new SIM card registration.

They, however, expressed worry that rendering two million youths jobless might worsen the security challenges.

Hassan Yakubu, the president of ATOASDA, explained that as a registered association under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), members of the agents supported the federal government’s measures to protect the lives and property of the citizenry.

Yakubu said the income of the telecoms business partners, workers and the agents, majority of whom are within 20 to 40 years in the value chain, is determined by the number of activations/SIM registration carried out within the month.

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