Nigeria: Minister issues deadline for NCC to rectify improper registration of 2.42m SIM cards

WorldStage Newsonline– Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Dr Ibrahim Pantami has given the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), a deadline of 25th September 2019 to rectify the remaining 2.42 million improperly registered mobile SIM Cards.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new NCC governing board members on Monday in Abuja, Pantami, said NCC reduced improper registered SIM cards from 9.2m to 6.7m, bringing the total number of improper registered SIM to 2.42m a reduction of 73.61% within a week.

He said “This is a significant achievement from 9.2million now to 2.42million; within this period, 6.775m have been rectified, this is highly commendable, please maintain the tempo.

“By 25th of September 2019, we don’t want to have any single incomplete SIM registration in Nigeria. So the remaining 2.4 should be rectifying by 25th of September 2019.”

He however, noted that SIM cards were been used for 99% of crime committed in the country.

Pantami charged the new board to be focused and reduced insecurity, saying, “90% of insecurity emanates from ICT.

“As board members, you have a role to play to reduce insecurity in Nigeria.

“We must use our experience and our time to come out with strategic policy to improve the economy of the country, and at the same time reduce poverty and fight corruption.  

 “If you want to support Mr. President in fighting corruption, you must fight corruption within your own self. ICT plays a significant role in fighting corruption.”

He further explained that the ministry and the new board members will not interfere in the day to day operation of the commission, adding that the board can only seek clarification when needed from the management.

In his remark, Chairman of the governing board, Olabiyi Durojaye, said the commission planed to extend cyber infrastructure to connect with the 774 local government areas in the country.

He added that the commission hoped to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of digitalization.   

Among the board members are Engr. Ubale Maska, Prof. Millionaire Abowie, Mr Ali Abubaka. 

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