NCC Issues New Directive, Disqualifies Under 18 From Owning SIM Cards
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
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A new directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission has banned phone users under 18-years-old from owning SIM cards
The commission’s new directive entails that users less than 18-years-old cannot purchase or be registered on any network According to the commission, the new directive was issued in accordance with the power vested on the NCC by law
Abuja, FCT – Nigerians below the age of 18-years have been disqualified from registering and owning a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) in Nigeria, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said.
The Punch reports that the directive is contained in a draft copy of the modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations published by the commission.
According to the updated regulation, the commission has directed telecommunication companies to limit registration of SIM card owners to only Nigerians above 18-years-old.
The regulation states: “Subscriber means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee.”
It also stated that a licensee refers to a provider of communications services (the telecoms) that utilises a subscription medium in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The NCC also said that the update on the regulation for SIM card owners was made in line with the provisions of section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.
The NCC said the Act gives the commission the powers to make such updates to the existing regulation. Further explanations were also given during a public inquiry on the registration of telephone subscribers regulation Tuesday, October 6, in Abuja, by the executive commissioner for stakeholders’ management of the NCC, Adeleke Adewolu.
Adewole said the public inquiry presents a platform for the commission to develop and review its regulatory instruments.
He said this would be done by incorporating the comments and suggestions of industry stakeholders, including telecoms operators.
However, in reaction to the new regulation, one of Nigeria’s telecommunication companies, MTN urged the commission to revise the age limit.
According to MTN, the age limit should be revised to 14-years-old and above. However, the NCC insisted that the new age has been pegged at 18-years-old and above for anyone who wants to own and register a SIM in Nigeria.
NCC vows to disconnect SIM cards not linked to NIN Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the commission had also issued a warning to all SIM card users across the country.
The commission warned every user to ensure that their SIM cards are linked to the National Identity Numbers before a set deadline.
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According to the NCC, any unlinked SIM card would be disconnected at the expiration of the set deadline which is October 31.
In other news, the commission announced that approximately 190 million lines have been linked to various NINs across Nigeria.
The NCC said the commission is focused on reaching a target set by the federal government to ensure a monthly 5 million enrollments for SIM cards.
FG Says 180 Million Telephone Lines Linked With NIN
The federal government has revealed that over 10 million Nigerians have now successfully linked their telephone lines with NIN
According to Prof Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC, over 60 million Nigerians have been captured by NIMC
The chairman made this known recently in Abuja while speaking at the headquarters of the commission
In what will surprise many people in the country, given its size, the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta, has revealed the number of telephone lines now linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).
According to him, over 180 million telephone lines are now linked.
He disclosed on Tuesday, October 5, The Nation newspaper reports. He said this following the capturing of over 60 million Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the National Identity Numbers (NIN) database.
He made this known while delivering his address during the Public Inquiry on three Regulatory Instruments on the Rule Making Process at the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.
In another report, no fewer than 500 prospective candidates for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board examination (JAMB) in Lagos have enjoyed free registration for National Identification Number (NIN).
Legit.ng reports that the gesture was made by the DamDap Global Investment Limited in conjunction with the office of the traditional ruler of the Otumara community in the Lagos Mainland local government area of the state.
Some candidates have encountered difficulty in registering for the NIN which is a mandatory requirement for the examination. The director of DamDap, Fred Idinye, said the three-day NIN registration exercise, started on Friday, August 20, saying that it would end on Sunday, August 22.
Pantami wins most outstanding minister of the year award
Meanwhile, Dr Isa Pantami has bagged the most outstanding minister of the year 2021 award presented by Elite Exclusive magazine.
The organisers say the minister of communications and digital economy was singled out for the honour based on an online poll it conducted.
The award according to the magazine was in recognition of the exceptional role the minister is playing in sustaining ICT exponential growth, digitization of Nigeria’s emerging economy and also positioning Nigeria’s digital economy sector on the path of sustainable national development.
It noted that under the leadership of Dr Pantami, Nigeria reverberated its place as the giant of Africa and leaders in innovation.