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ALTON At Ease With Directive On Immediate Suspension Of Sale And Activation Of SIMs

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By Kingsley I. Ilechukwu, Correspondent Lagos

From every indication, the umbrella body of licensed telecommunications operators in Nigeria, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) appears to be at home with the Federal Government’s stance to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September, 2019, which has necessitated the move by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database again.

A statement from ALTON signed by its Chairman Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and Publicity Secretary, Damian Udeh, respectively, says following the above, the NCC has directed all telecom operators (telcos)to immediately suspend the sale and activation of new SIM cards on their respective networks to enable a smooth and seamless audit exercise.

“This suspension is expected to be lifted upon the conclusion of the audit and normalcy will again return to the sim acquisition and registration process by the NCC,” states ALTON.

“ALTON regrets any inconveniences that this disruption will cause and seeks the understanding of Nigerian subscribers for a holistic alignment with Federal Government’s objectives in this regard. ALTON further assures the public of its members’ cooperation and compliance with this NCC and Federal Government’s directive, and will partner with them towards an expedited conclusion of the audit exercise.”

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