The possession of a valid National Identity Number (NIN) issued after registration by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is now a condition for any mobile telephone subscriber who wants to register a new SIM card.
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), the 2017 National Identification Number Regulations requires that a person must provide his NIN before he can register his new SIM Card.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta who made this known in a goodwill message at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GCOP) said that the NCC is already collaborating with all stakeholders to put in place a mechanism for compliance.
Danbatta who was represented by the Head of Online Media and Special Publications at the NCC, Mr. Omoniyi Ibietan recalled that the Commission currently engages in continuous verification exercise of data collected by the mobile network operators adding that it is part of the mandate of the Commission’s consistent regulatory intervention.
He called on all Nigerians that want to get a new SIM Card to obtain a NIN first before approaching agents of the MNO adding that the NCC has been actively involved in ensuring the security of lives across the country through its regulations, particularly as regards SIM Card registration.
In the goodwill message from the Commission which dwells on the sub-theme: NCC, SIM Registration, Security and national Development, Danbatta said that in the past 18 years, the telecoms industry in Nigeria has recorded tremendous growth.
He said: “the number of active telephone lines in the country is now about 175 million, representing tele-density of 91.65 percent. Today, the number of internet users is 122.6 million while broadband penetration currently stands at 5 percent. The cumulative investment profile in the sector is $70 billion.”
He stated that at 11.39 percent contribution to the GDP of Nigeria, the telecoms subsector remains a major actor in the national economy, saying that as at the second quarter of 2019, the ICT sector’s contribution to the GDP was 13.88 percent.
The EVC explained that the positive impacts of telecoms sector either voice or data resonates in other sectors of the economy and in all the aspects the people’s daily life.
Danbatta while applauding the choice of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah as the keynote speaker for the theme: “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward in Nigeria”, said the subject is the fundamental issues that underpin the development outlook of Nigeria.
Kukah in his presentation said that efforts are being made to put the nation on the pathway to sustainable development stressing that there is a leadership crisis in the country hence there is a rising resentment against leaders by the people.
According to him, the development crisis plaguing the nation is tied to the problem of the country blaming the military for its consistent disruption of the nation’s polity.
He said Nigerians don’t agree that the development efforts of the leaders have improved their lives.