The Federal Government on Wednesday, February 5 2020, directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to review SIM card registration and usage to disallow any Nigerian from owning more than three mobile telephone lines, The Nation reports.
The directive came in the wake of the rising wave of killings and kidnapping for ransom and general insecurity. Telecom operators will also be required to block all unregistered SIMs from functioning on their networks.
Speaking to the press, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami said: “The revision of the policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies, following the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs”
According to a statement by the Minister’s Technical Adviser, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, the revision of the policy would be undertaken before December 1. The statement said: “Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to revise the Policy on SIM Card registration and usage.
“This is in line with the Powers of the minister as stated in Section 25(1) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003- “the Minister shall, in writing, from time to time notify the Commission or and express his views on the general policy direction of the Federal Government in respect of the communications sector.
“The revision of the policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies following the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs.”
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