Key players in the Communications Industry during an urgent meeting with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami have agreed to take urgent drastic measures to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.
A statement by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde indicates that all Network Operators were tasked to implement the affirmation of the earlier directive to totally suspend registration of NEW SIMs; require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.
Other decisions taken at the meeting for immediate implementation by all Network Operators included: The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks from December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020; After the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks; A Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs, among others as members is to monitor compliance by all networks. 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, the statement added.