Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / 12.37AM / By NCC
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Being the text of the press statement published yesterday,
December 15, 2020 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and signed by
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs.
Following the earlier
directive on the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators, the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim
(Pantami) convened an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications
industry on Monday, December 14, 2020.
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Suspension of New Sim Card Registration by Network Operators
The meeting had in
attendance the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Management of the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology
Development Agency (NITDA), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),
as well as the CEOs and Management staff of all service providers in the
At the meeting, the need
to consolidate the achievements of last year's SIM registration audit and
improve the performance and sanity of the sector was exhaustively discussed and
all stakeholders agreed that urgent drastic measures have now become inevitable
to improve the integrity and transparency of the SIM registration process.
To this end, the following
decisions were taken for immediate implementation by all Network Operators:
of the earlier directive to totally suspend registration of NEW SIMs
by all operators.
to require ALL their subscribers to provide valid National
Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.
submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks
(from today December 16, 2020 and end by 30 December, 2020).
the deadline, ALL SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the
Ministerial Task Force comprising the Minister and all the CEOs (among
others) as members is to monitor compliance by all networks.
of this directive will be met by stiff sanctions, including the
possibility of withdrawal of operating license.
The general public is
hereby urged to ensure that their NINs are captured in their SIM registration
which might be occasioned by this directive are deeply regretted.
* This statement was
first published on the website of the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday, December
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