The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, yesterday, February 5, directed the Nigerian Communications Commission to
limit the maximum numbers of SIM Cards a single individual could register as his or her to three.
The Minister also directed that NCC must ensure that only fully accredited agents support the SIM card registration process without pre-registering SIM cards themselves, while the eventual registration should be done by the operators.
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A statement signed by his Technical Assistant on Information Technology, Femi Adeluyi, says the aim is to curb kidnapping and banditry, hence directing the NCC to revise the policy on SIM Card registration and usage by blocking all the loopholes in the current policy.
According to Daily Trust, the revision of the policy was based on the feedback received from the security agencies following the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs.
The updated policy, according to the Minister is expected ensure that the National Identity Number becomes a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards (while for foreigners, their passports and visas should be used), while already registered SIM cards are to be updated with National Identity Number before 1st December, 2020.