ABUJA (Min of Communication Report) – In line with the directives of the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, 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 investigation which was carried out at the behest of the Minister, exposed the Telecomms history of Nigeria in precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters. It also disclosed that an estimated nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M) SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedure of SIM registration.
The Minister expressed concern over the security implication of this discovery and further directed that the Telecomms regulator, should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly reregistered.
To ensure maximum compliance, he also directed NCC to ensure all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper re-registration procedure.