The Federal Government has issued an ultimatum to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to deactivate all improperly registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards by September 25.
Minister of Communications, Ibrahim Isa Pantami gave the deadline on Tuesday when he met with the management of the telecom regulator in Abuja. “We want to make sure that 25th of September 2019 we don’t have a single incomplete registration of sim in Nigeria,” Pantami said.
The Minister revealed that 2.42 million sim cards are yet to properly registered and want the commission to ensure that the telecommunication companies rectify them over the next one week. He, however, commended them for rectifying about 6.8million sim cards out of 9.2 million that was reported when he assumed office as Minister, less than a month ago.
He adds that the improper registration of the sim cards has security implications and the challenges facing the country.