Monday, July 11, 2011

SIM Card: Register on proxy, take responsibility – Itanyi

The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Mr. Okechukwu Itanyi has said that those registering for minors and senior citizens on proxy must take responsibility of such registration.

Speaking at the just concluded monthly telecom consumer parliament held at the capital of Rivers State, Port Harcourt, Mr. Itanyi who represented the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, at the event, said in a situation where minors or senior citizens who have phones are not able to go and register, proxy registration will be allowed and such proxies must be the type who will take full responsibility for such registration.

“A dependable relation can register on behalf of a subscriber which means that the photograph and biometrics of such relation would be taken in place of the phone owner’s, which means that persons registering on behalf of any minor or elderly must vouch for them since one of the reasons for SIM registration is to curb crimes perpetrated through use of mobile phones,” he said.

Mr. Itanyi also assured subscribers nationwide that the information given out by subscribers during the registration will be treated with confidence as the facilities being deployed will ensure that such information are safe, secured and kept with utmost confidentiality.

He urged the subscribers to ensure that they are all registered within the period given by the Commission so as to avoid disconnection, stressing that the Commission’s efforts to improve Quality of Service and foster competition and the plans to introduce number portability, that a credible central data base of all SIM Cards in the country is important for the take off.

NCC SIM card registration is expected to end on September 28, 2011.

Remmy Nweke
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Jonah said...

Proxies for the elderly and minors should be allowed but with a proper procedure to avoid problems.

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Jeremy said...

True, it might be the root of a lot of scams and identity theft.

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