Concerned about the security implications of the 9.2 million pre-registered SIM cards, the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has ordered Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on blacklisting the cards with immediate effect.
In the short term performance target report signed by NCC Executive Vice Chairman submitted to the ministry contained the precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country.
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.
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 precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters.
It is on this backdrop, Panatami while addressing the Executive Councils of both the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), during a courtesy visit to the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja directed the Telecom Regulators, NCC to block the culprits until the users present themselves.
“I am here with a clear vision to promote Nigeria’s ICT sector and move her to the Next Level”.
According to a statement by the spokesperson to the Minister, Uwa Suleiman, reacting to the report, to ensure maximum compliance, the Minister has directed NCC to ensure all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until the 9.2 million users comply with proper re-registration procedures.
“The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inactions that will compromise the nation’s security”.