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Thursday, July 04, 2013

SIM card deadline: NATCOMs begs CommTech minister to intervene



The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has appealed to the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson to prevail on the industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to extend the just closed deadline for registration of Subscriber identification Module (SIM) cards, which ended four days ago.

NATCOMS in its plea letter sighted by ITRealms argued that its plea be reconsidered to give Nigerian subscribers a 3-Month One-Way final warning extension on SIM Cards registration.

“That is subscribers to be able to receive calls,” NATCOMS president, Chief Deola Ogunbanjo declared.
Though part of the letter outlined four points for their plea, including:

1.         During the SIM Registration exercise, some Umbrella SIM Registration Agents were not collecting the full details needed because of the rush by the Agents to register as many Subscribers so as get paid big.

2.         Some Umbrella SIM Registration Agents, during the active registration period and even now are asking Subscribers to pay N100 (One Hunderd Naira before registration. A situation that discourages Subscribers.

3.         Some Umbrella SIM Registration Agents, even when they are Agents of a Particular Network Operator, collect other Operators SIM Cards for registration in order to shore up the number of SIM Cards they register daily.

4.         Some Umbrella SIM Registration Agents, copy their daily registered Subscribers and give to their colleagues in business as some form of ‘help.’
 
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