LEGAL/POLICY

Pantami Advises NCC On New Sim Card Registration By Network Operators

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami
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By Angeline Mgbele, Correspondent Abuja

In a move by the Federal Government of Nigeria to consolidate the gains recorded in the SIM Card registration exercise of September, 2019, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has advised the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database again, a statement by the Director of Public Affairs(DPA) of the Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde says.

According to the statement, the objective of the audit exercise is to verify and ensure compliance by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with the set quality standards and requirements of SIM Card Registration as issued by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Commission.

The statement reads in part: “Accordingly, MNOs are hereby directed to immediately suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIM Cards until the audit exercise is concluded, and Government has conveyed the new direction.

However, where it is absolutely necessary, exemption may be granted in writing by the Commission following approval from the Federal Government.

MNOs are to please note that non-compliance with this directive will be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.”

As Pantami earlier directed in January, 2020, all citizens were urged to immediately secure Digital Identification from the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC) and submit it to the Network Operators. 

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