The Federal Government has directed the National Communication Commission, NCC, to make sure that no Nigerian owns more than three SIM cards.
Though it still remains unknown how the NCC would go about this restriction, given the complexity of pegging the number of SIM cards a person can own, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami, gave the directive in a recent statement.
In a statement signed by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi, directing the NCC to revise the Policy on SIM Card registration and usage. The revision of the Policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies, following the successful re-validation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to re-validate their SIMs. The minister further directed the commission to ensure that the National Identity Number, NIN, becomes a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards, while for foreigners, their passports and visas should be used. According to him, the already registered SIM cards are to be updated with the NIN before December 1, 2020.
“There should be a maximum number of SIM cards that can be tied to a single individual, possibly a maximum of 3; Ensure that no unregistered SIMs are ever allowed on mobile networks; Ensure that subscribers can easily check the number of SIM cards registered to their name, along with the associated phone numbers and networks; Ensure that SIM cards that have been used to perpetrate crimes are permanently deactivated,” the statement noted.