Communications Minister Issues Directives to Telecoms Regulator on SIM registration

Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS FBCS MCPN, has directed Nigerian Communications Commission to ensure all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper reregistration procedures.

The details were revealed in a recent statement released by the spokesperson to the Minister of Communications, Uwa Suleiman, this directive which follows the submission of Nigeria Communications Commission(NCC) baseline short-term performance targets report. The report submission which is in line with the directives of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS FBCS MCPN on assumption of office to all Agencies and Parastatals under his purview.

The report Signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission contained precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country. The Commission in its report disclosed that an estimated nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M) SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedures of SIM registration. The investigation which was carried out at the behest of the minister has exposed for the first time in the Telecomms history of Nigeria, in precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters.

Reacting to the report, the Minister expressed concern over the security implication of this discovery and further directed that the Telecomms regulator, should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly reregistered.

The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inactions that will compromise the nation’s security, the statement further revealed.

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