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Monday, September 30, 2019

NCC blocks 2.2m improperly registered SIM cards, courtesy Pantami - ITREALMS

Following the directives of the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has blocked a total of 2,277,311 over improper registration of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country, ITREALMS reports.
ITREALMS tecall that Dr Pantami’s had earlier directed that no improperly registered SIM card number should remain active beyond 11:59pm of Wednesday, 25th of September, 2019.

Subsequently, according to the report submitted by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC on Thursday, 26th September, a total of 2,277,311 improperly registered lines have been blocked.
ITREALMS gathered that as earlier reported, 6,830,249 lines have been revalidated since the directive was given.

Dr Pantami has reiterated the need for all improperly registered SIM cards to remain blocked until they are properly registered.

Deputy Director/Head Information cum Press & PR Unit in the ministry, Mrs. Philomena O. Oshodin, noted that this achievement within 36 days of Dr Pantami’s assumption of office is unprecedented.

The Honourable Minister commended the regulator and the telecom operators for working hard to carry out the directive in record time.

He also urged them to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the momentum is sustained.

The Federal Ministry of Communications is collaborating with the relevant parastatals and security Agencies to ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the security of lives and property in the nation is not compromised through the use of SIM card numbers. Pursuant to this, Dr Pantami has directed that the profiles of persons linked to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards, should be promptly provided to the relevant security agencies when requested and a copy be sent to him for monitoring.

The Ministry will continue to work with relevant parastatals and security agencies in the background to ensure that SIM card numbers are not used as a platform for committing crime.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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