In line with the Federal Government’s desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on a repeat audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.
The objective of the audit exercise is to verify and ensure compliance by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) with the set quality standards and requirements of SIM Card Registration as issued by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Commission.
In a statement by the Director, Public Affairs of the Nigeria Communications Commission, the ministry directed Mobile Networks Operators to immediately suspend the sale, registration, and activation of new SIM Cards until the audit exercise is concluded.
However, the statement says, where it is absolutely necessary, the exemption may be granted in writing by the commission following approval from the Federal Government.
While urging all citizens to immediately secure Digital Identification from the National Identity Management Commission and submit to the Network Operators, the statement warns MNOs are to ensure compliance as violators would face strict sanctions.