The Nigerian Minister of Communications Dr. Isa Pantami, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC to ensure all mobile network operators block all Subscriber Identity Module ,SIM cards that do not meet appropriate registration standards until users comply with proper re-registration procedures.
The Minister stated this when the NCC submitted its baseline short-term performance targets report which is in line with the directives of the Minister on assumption of office to all Agencies and Parastatals under his purview.
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
According to a statement by the Ministry, the report which was signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission contained precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country.
Reacting to the report, the Minister expressed concern over the security implication of this discovery and further directed that the Telecoms regulator, should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly re-registered.
Dr. Pantami added that “the security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inaction that will compromise the nation’s security.”
According to the statement, the investigation which was carried out at the behest of the minister, has exposed for the first time in the Telecoms history of Nigeria, in detail, the extent of defaulters.