The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed Telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria to suspend sales, registration and activation of new Sim Cards.
The Commision in a statement issued by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, on Wednesday, said that the instruction was in line with the directive of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), to afford the Commission time to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.
On the reason for the order by the NCC, Adinde said, “it was in line with the Federal Government desire to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise of September 2019.”
He however stated, “where it is absolutely necessary, exemption may be granted in writing by the Commission following approval from the Federal Government.
The commission warns that, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are to note that non-compliance with this directive will be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.