Nigerians should be prohibited from having more than three SIM cards

According to reports, the telecommunications company registered SIM will block it from functioning on their network in line with the directive which came in the wake of an increase in murder and kidnapping for ransom and general insecurity.

NCC also directed to ensure that the National Identification Number (NIN) is a prerequisite for Nigeria to register new SIM card, while for foreigners to use their passports and visas. SIM cards are already registered should be updated with NIN prior to December 1, 2020.
A statement released by Dr. Femi Adeluyi, technical advisor of Communications and the Digital Economy, Minister Isa Ibrahim Pantami, reads;
“The revised policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies, following a successful revalidation SIM card is not properly registered in September 2019 and the blocking of those who fail to revalidate their SIMs.
“Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has directed Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to revise the policy on the registration of SIM cards and use.
“This is in line with the Powers minister as stated in Article 25 (1) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003-” The Minister shall, in writing, from time to time and notify the Commission or express his views on the general policy direction of the federal government with respect to the communications sector.
“The policy was updated expected to include the following provisions, among others:
Ensure that the National Identification Number (NIN) is a prerequisite for Nigeria to register new SIM card (while for foreigners, passport and visa they must be used), while the SIM card is registered should be updated with National Identity Number (NIN) prior to December 1, 2020;
Make sure that only fully-accredited agent supports SIM card registration process without a SIM card pre-register, while the eventual registration must be done by the operator;
There should be a maximum number of SIM cards that can be associated with an individual, maybe a maximum of three;
Ensure that no registered SIMS ever allowed on mobile networks;
Ensure that customers can easily check the number of SIM cards registered their names, along with the associated phone numbers and network;

Ensure that mobile network operators fortify their networks against cyber attacks and ensure that they comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Regulation Nigeria (NDPR); and
Make sure that the SIM card has been used to perpetrate crimes permanently disabled.
“NCC is to provide the minister with a progress report on the implementation of the revised policy.”
Commenting on the directive, telecom operators said the new measures may not stop the criminal activities in this country. President of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola next word step by criminals will get many nins they must register the SIM card for their nefarious activities.
Registered Teniola post-code system and the system as a digital address that work in climate action, ahead of Britain (UK) and Ghana, as he urged the Minister to take a digital address serious system problems.


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