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UPDATE: Communications Minister issues directives to telecom regulator on pre-registered sim cards

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Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami
In line with the directives of the Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on assumption of office to all Agencies and Parastatals under his purview, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has submitted its baseline short-term performance targets report.

The report Signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission contained precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country.

The Commission in its report disclosed that an estimated nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M) SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedures of SIM registration.

The investigation which was carried out at the behest of the minister, has exposed for the first time in the Telecoms history of Nigeria, in precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters.

According to a statement by the spokesperson to the Minister, Uwa Suleiman, reacting to the report, the Minister expressed concern over the security implication of this discovery and further directed that the Telecoms regulator, should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly re-registered.

To ensure maximum compliance, Dr Pantami, has directed NCC to ensure all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper re-registration procedures.

The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inactions that will compromise the nation’s security.

Recall, TechEconomy.ng had reported that the Minister directed the Telecom Regulators, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to block the over 9 Million pre-registered Sim cards in circulation in the Country, until the users present themselves.

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