Communications commission blocks 2.2 million invalidly registered SIM cards


By Naankwat Dariem

In line with the directives of the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has ensured that all invalidly-registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards have been blocked.

This is in consonance with the Minister ‘s directives that no improperly registered SIM card should remain active beyond 11:59pm of Wednesday, 25th of September, 2019.

Subsequately in a report submitted by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC on Thursday, 26th September, a total of 2,277,311 improperly registered lines have been blocked.

It would will be recalled that NCC reported that 6,830,249 lines had been revalidated since the directive was given.

Proper registering process

Dr Pantami reiterated the need for all improperly registered SIM cards to remain blocked until they meet the proper registering process.

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director Information and Press of the Ministry , Mrs. Philomena Oshodin, stated that “This achievement within 36 days of Dr Pantami’s assumption of office is unprecedented. The Honourable Minister wishes to sincerely appreciate the Regulator and the Telecom Operators for working hard to carry out the directive in record time”.

Dr.Pantami therefore urged them to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the momentum is sustained.

The Federal Ministry of Communications is collaborating with the relevant parastatals and security Agencies to ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the security of lives and property in the nation is not compromised through the use of SIM cards.

In view of this, Dr Pantami has directed that the profiles of persons linked to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards, should be promptly provided to the relevant security agencies when requested and a copy be sent to him for monitoring.

According to the statement, the Ministry will continue to work with relevant parastatals and security agencies in the background to ensure that SIM card numbers are not used as a platform for committing crime.


Lateefah Ibrahim