The Nigeria communication commission(NCC) has deactivated about 2.2m improperly registered subscriber identification moduleds (SIM) across all telecommunication networks nationwide.
The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Umar Danbatta, made this known in a statement signed by Henry Nkemadu, Director, Public Affairs in Abuja.
Mr Danbatta said that the commission’s action is in line with the president Muhammed Buhari agenda.
He said “We have since initiated the second phase of SIM deactivation based on the Ministerial directive and as at today, we have completely deactivated the remaining 2.2 million lines on the networks.
“This is contrary to reports by a section of the media, suggesting that nothing has been done with respect to the issue of improperly registered SIM cards.”
“Following the September 2019 Ministerial directive, however, the NCC, within a week, intensified efforts by reducing the number of improperly registered SIM cards from 9.2 million to 2.2 million,”
Mr Danbatta further stated that “As at the time the Ministerial order was issued, the Commission, through its Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement team, had reduced the number of improperly-registered SIM cards on mobile networks in the country to 9.2 million.”
Premium times news reported that Danbatta has also louded the efforts of National Identity management commission (NIMC) for ensuring clean SIM database adding that the audit exercise was concluded in August 2019.
“The audit was specifically to ensure strict adherence by telecom operators to the provisions of the Telephone Subscribers Registration Regulations 2011,” he said.
“I also use this opportunity to restate the Commission’s commitment to the periodic SIM data audit, continuous compliance monitoring exercise on the MNOs, as well as constant consumer education and engagement against using improperly-registered SIM cards.
“We will be able to, collectively, address national security concerns, especially kidnappings, banditry, armed robberies, cattle rustling and other crimes associated with SIM cards across the nation.
“This will ensure that all SIM cards are traceable to their real owners,” he added