As part of efforts to curb the menace of recurrent dangers of the improperly registered or unregistered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has set up a 12-member committee to tackle the problem.
This was made known by the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta during a meeting with all telecommunications companies (telcos) operating in Nigeria.
Danbatta referred to security reports from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the non compliance to the Telephone Subscribers Registration Regulation 2011 by the telcos, stressing that the crime activities must be curbed.
“We must safeguard lives and property of Nigerians who travel by road especially now and the festive seasons and others who may be threatened or blackmailed via unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards”, he said.
While listing several security challenges facing the country as a result of the menace of the improperly registered SIM cards, Danbatta lamented that even where SIM Cards were registered, the captured data represents strange figures different from the user of such SIM Card.
Danbatta appreciated the Telcos for their cooperation so far and added that the meeting “has the backing of the government which desires solutions as quickly as possible”.