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NCC Instructs Network Operators to Suspend Sale, Registration & Activation of New SIM Cards



Telecommunication companies in Nigeria have been ordered to suspend the sale, registration and activation of new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM Cards) by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

As we know, it is a normal tradition for most Nigerians to return home at the end of every year. Due to this, there is almost always a high demand for certain things like SIM cards and the likes at this time of the year.

The Commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde made this known in a press statement on Wednesday. He stated that the instruction was “in line with the directive of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), to afford the Commission time to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.” Vanguard reports.

Explaining further, the NCC stated that it was “in line with the Federal Government desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September 2019.” However, it added that “where it is absolutely necessary, exemption may be granted in writing by the Commission following approval from the Federal Government.”

The NCC also warned Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to note that “non-compliance with this directive will be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license. As the Minister has earlier directed in January 2020, all citizens are urged to immediately secure Digital Identification from the National Identity Management Commission and submit it to the Network Operators.”

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  1. by_stander

    December 16, 2020 at 9:51 am

    In the middle of a pandemic? I heard they are now giving 2 weeks to cut people off. Both individuals and businesses that may have any existing contract with their network be it data or credit, will end up lose their property as well, because of a bunch of illiterates.

    And i am sure they didn’t account for the insecurity, dangers and emergency that will be created when you start cutting off people’s lines unnecessarily.

    This is what you get from a country of unless lawyers and accountants creating a system that infringes on peoples inalienable rights, any idiot can wake up anytime and turn the country on its head.

    100 million plus people are to get and register “NIN” with their phone company in 2 weeks – in the middle of a pandemic.

  2. by_stander

    December 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

    By the way I should just add for those that will make the argument that NIN registration has been going for some time – Nigerian Courts are sitting and looking while an individual at NCC hands down a death sentence to Nigerians, knowing fully well corona virus has no cure and Nigerians haven’t even received vaccines.

    Because the cost of not registering NIN on time is, you must die and or loss your property.

    Stupid lawyers – this are the things they cause with their stupidity.

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