The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has gotten the authority of the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, to disconnect 9.2 million SIM cards in Nigeria which have not been properly registered by their owners.
The reason for this, Platinum.ng learnt, is to ensure the security of the SIM card owners and the nation at large.
A report signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta gave the precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country to be nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M).
A statement by Prof. Danbatta on the Minister’s directive reads: ‘‘In line with the directives of the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on assumption of office to all Agencies and Parastatals under his purview, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has submitted its baseline short-term performance targets report”.
‘‘The report Signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission contained precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country.
‘‘The Commission in its report disclosed that an estimated nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M) SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedures of SIM registration”.
‘‘The investigation which was carried out at the behest of the minister, has exposed for the first time in the Telecomms history of Nigeria, in precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters.
‘‘To ensure maximum compliance, Dr Pantami, has directed NCC to ensure all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper reregistration procedures.
‘‘The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inactions that will compromise the nation’s security.’’