NCC GIVES TELCOS DEC 30 DEADLINE TO BLOCK SIM CARDS WITHOUT NIN

Written by on December 16, 2020

THE NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (NCC) HAS GIVEN TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATORS IN THE COUNTRY TWO WEEKS TO BLOCK ALL SIM CARDS THAT ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE NATIONAL IDENTITY NUMBERS (NIN).

NCC DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DR IKECHUKWU ADINDE ANNOUNCED THE NEW SUBSCRIBER IDENTIFICATION MODULE (SIM) CARDS RULES IN A STATEMENT ON TUESDAY IN ABUJA.

ADINDE SAID THE IMPLEMENTATION FOLLOWED THE EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON THE SUSPENSION OF NEW SIM REGISTRATION BY NETWORK OPERATORS BY THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY, DR ISA PANTAMI.

HE SAID THAT THE MINISTER HAD CONVENED AN URGENT MEETING OF KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY.

ACCORDING TO HIM, THE MEETING HAD IN ATTENDANCE THE NCC MANAGEMENT, THE NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (NITDA), THE NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION (NIMC) AND CEOS OF SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE INDUSTRY.

HE SAID THAT THE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2019 SIM REGISTRATION AUDIT AND IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE TO SANITISE THE SECTOR WAS EXHAUSTIVELY DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING. HE ALSO DISCLOSED THAT ALL STAKEHOLDERS AGREED THAT DRASTIC MEASURES HAVE BECOME INEVITABLE TO IMPROVE THE INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF THE SIM REGISTRATION PROCESS


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