Dr. Pantami’s Directives: Why 2.2m Sims was deactivated by network providers

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami

2.2 million improperly registered SIM cards have been deactivated by the various network providers reported NTA.

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Minister of Communications gave the directive that led to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) blocking all improperly registered SIM card numbers.

The minister directed that “no improperly registered SIM card number should remain active beyond 11:59pm of Wednesday, 25th of September, 2019.”

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC on on Thursday, 26th September, reported that a total of 2,277,311 improperly registered lines have been blocked.

Before now, 6,830,249 lines was reported to have been revalidated since the directive was given.

The Honourable Minister expressed his satsfaction with the level of compliance wishes by Regulator and the Telecom Operators for working hard to carry out the directive in record time and aked that they redouble their efforts in ensuring that the momentum is sustained.

The Federal Ministry of Communications took the decision which was aimed at ensuring security of life and properties is ensure that. The ministry bcked these SIMs to ensure that the nation security aparatus is not compromised through the use of SIM card numbers.

Dr Pantami also directed that the profiles of persons linked to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards, should be promptly provided to the relevant security agencies when requested and a copy be sent to him for monitoring.

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