Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Dr Aminu Maida, has warned that SIMs not linked to National Identity Number (NIN) will be deactivated by the end of February
He also reaffirmed the commission’s collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and relevant security agencies in telecommunication-linked crimes in the country.
He, however, stated that the degree of success achieved so far could not be celebrated openly yet.
According to the commission, it is considering the deployment of satellite broadband to provide coverage across the country and drive the attainment of the 70 per cent broadband penetration target by 2025.
Speaking during an introductory meeting with the media in Abuja, Maida also said the Commission was in the process of combating illegal Subscriber Identity Mode (SIM) in the country, saying that sanctions would be meted against identified culprits.
The EVC also warned that most SIMs not linked to National Identity Numbers will be deactivated by the end of February.
He said: ‘Pre-registered or illegally registered SIM has been a challenge for a long time.
In 2021, there was a policy to link NIN with SIMs, thinking that such would take care of the problem, but people in the value chain exploited the loophole. By the end of this month, SIMs without NIN will no longer work.”