NCC To Block Sim Cards; operators given 2 weeks
The meeting had in attendance the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as well as the CEOs and Management staff of all service providers in the industry.
At the meeting, the need to consolidate the achievements of last year’s SIM registration audit and improve the performance and sanity of the sector was exhaustively discussed and all stakeholders agreed that urgent drastic measures have now become inevitable to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.
To this end, the following decisions were taken for immediate implementation by all Network Operators:
i.) Affirmation of the earlier directive to totally suspend the registration of NEW SIMs by all operators.
ii.) Operators to require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.
iii.) The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks (from today December 16, 2020, and end by 30 December 2020).
iv.) After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks.
v.)A Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs (among others) as members are to monitor compliance by all networks.
vi.) Violations of this directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.
The general public is hereby urged to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration data.
All inconveniences which might be occasioned by this directive are deeply regretted.
Who are NCC
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria. The NCC was created under Decree number 75 by the [Federal Military Government of Nigeria] on 24 November 1992. The NCC was charged with the responsibility of regulating the supply of telecommunications services and facilities, promoting competition, and setting performance standards for telephone services in Nigeria. The Decree has been abrogated and replaced with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003. Umar Garba is the present head of (NCC) assumed office since 2015. (According to Wikipedia)