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Deactivation of SIM cards, not total withdrawal – NCC Clarifies

By on August 18, 2015

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said the recent directive it issued to telecoms operators to deactivate all unregistered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards across networks, does not mean total withdrawal of the deactivated SIM cards from the systems of the network operators.

Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo who made the clarification, said those subscribers who register their SIM cards properly would have them reactivated.

This clarification has become necessary following the deluge of enquiries at the Commission some of which alluded to the impression that their SIM cards have been withdrawn permanently. “This is not the situation,” Ojobo explained in a statement.

According to him, the deactivation exercise and decision were a result of a meeting with the office of National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), the NCC and operators “after which the operators were given one-week to deactivate those unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards.”

The operators were specifically told that those subscribers whose lines were not registered and have not made any effort to register them should be communicated before deactivation.

Ojobo added: “So the deactivation of SIM cards is in line with the resolution reached at that meeting. Subscribers who fail to register properly will have their lines deactivated but those who comply will have them reactivated.
“Proper registration means a subscriber’s facial pictures, properly captured, biometrics/finger prints, valid means of identification, address, among others,” he explained.

Ojobo said these are part of the security measures to check incessant cases of crimes with the use of mobile phones.

“People hide under anonymity to commit crimes because their lines are not registered, but all that has to change as the network operators have been told what to do,” he said.

The ultimatum to deactivate unregistered SIM card expired on Tuesday last week. But enquires as to the status of the SIM cards necessitated this statement. The operators were told among others to ensure compliance of all registration with the data dictionary, technical specifications on finger prints and facial images and the business rules agreed by all stakeholders.”