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NCC Disqualifies Nigerians Below 18 From Owning SIM
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NCC Disqualifies Nigerians Below 18 From Owning SIM

The Nigerian Communications Commission has disqualified anyone below the age of 18 from registering and owning a Subscriber Identity Module in Nigeria. This is according to the draft copy of the modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations published on the commission’s website. In the modified regulations, NCC limited telecoms subscribers to only include anyone above the age of 18. “‘Subscriber’ means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee.” The Licensee refers to ‘a provider of communications services that utilises a subscription medium in the Federal Republic of Nigeria’. Read Also: JUST IN: FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification Dea...
Nigerians Without NIN Won’t Get Passports, Driving Licence – NCC
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Nigerians Without NIN Won’t Get Passports, Driving Licence – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission says the October 31 deadline for linking their National Identity Numbers with their Subscriber Identity Modules remains sacrosanct. It also said that Nigerians without NIN would soon be denied the opportunity of acquiring driving licences and passports. The commission said at the NCC Digital Signature radio program, which transmitted the second episode of Telecoms Consumer Town Hall on Radio (live on a radio station in Lagos to discuss the benefits of NIN-SIM integration. This was disclosed in a statement titled ‘NIN-SIM Integration: NCC sensitizes telecom consumers on October 31 Deadline’ signed by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, on Wednesday. The statement read, “NCC has reminded and urged telecoms consumers to lin...
Twitter Ban: Buhari Govt Has Very Thin Skin for Criticism – Ozekhome
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Twitter Ban: Buhari Govt Has Very Thin Skin for Criticism – Ozekhome

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has said he was not shocked by the decision of the Federal Government to suspend access to Twitter, saying the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has a penchant for not tolerating punches, but delights in always giving punches to adversaries, real or imaginary. The senior advocate also dared FG to go a step further and “dissolve the Nigerian people which it has become so allergic to and no longer wants to see or hear about”. He disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday titled, ‘When A Tottering Government Twiddles Twitter’. Ezekhome also accused the government of trying to shield its atrocities from global exposure with its decision to indefinitely ban the operations of Twitter in the country. Recall that the Minister of Info...
NCC Clamps down on Street Vendors of Copyright Works
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NCC Clamps down on Street Vendors of Copyright Works

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has increased efforts at curbing street trading of pirated books, musical works and movies across the country. The commission has arrested three piracy suspects and impounded pirated works estimated at N250,000 in Abuja. This move, according to NCC Director-General, Mr. John Asein, is part of the commission’s antipiracy operation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Three piracy suspects engaged in street hawking of copyright-protected works at the Eagle Square. Those arrested were Abubakar Abdullahi, Emmanuel Onyebuchi and Odushola Arowolo. Suspected pirated works estimated at N250,000 were also seized during the operation included copies of various titles of foreign and local authors suspected to be pirated. One of the street vendors...
NIN Mandatory for Bank Account Opening, Voter Registration – Pantami
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NIN Mandatory for Bank Account Opening, Voter Registration – Pantami

Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, says the national identification number (NIN) is compulsory for transactions such as bank account opening, payment of taxes and voter registration. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, he said the government is determined to ensure that all citizens have NIN. Pantami quoted section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) act as stating that benefitting from government services as a citizen without NIN is an offence punishable by imprisonment. “This is most important in the area of NIN, which is a mandatory number, based on the NIMC order of 2007 that has actively been neglected for years, ” he said. “It is key to our national planning, budget, security, social development and many more. But it was neglected despite...
NIN Exercise will Be Reviewed – NCC
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NIN Exercise will Be Reviewed – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday assured telephone subscribers that the timeline for ongoing linkage of subscriber identity modules (SIMs) with National Identity Numbers (NIN) is subject to review as the exercise progresses. It said the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy has assured that the government will continue to review the exercise in the light of experiences to ensure its smooth implementation. Its Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, also allayed fears of mass deactivation of SIMs by service providers. He said: ‘The attention of the NCC has been drawn to numerous publications in both print and electronic media regarding the unfounded fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers as a result of the ongoing linkage of SIM...
Reps Link NIN Demand for SIM Registration to #EndSARS
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Reps Link NIN Demand for SIM Registration to #EndSARS

 The House of Representatives on Wednesday said the recent directive to link National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identification Module cards was linked with strange calls and messages received by public officials from strangers with unregistered SIM cards during the recent #EndSARS protests. The House said it summoned the NCC to verify the identities of the owners of the telephone lines but they could not be verified as the SIM cards were not registered. The NCC had ordered that SIM cards not linked to NIN issued by the National Identity Management Commission be blocked after weeks. the legislative chamber, however, asked for an elongation of the deadline issued to subscribers to 10 weeks. Speaking at the plenary on Wednesday, the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, moved ...
SIM Card to be Linked to National Identity Number – FG
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SIM Card to be Linked to National Identity Number – FG

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has directed that SIM cards be linked to National Identity Number (NIN). The directive follows an earlier order by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the suspension of new SIM card registration by network operators pending a database audit. The minister who issued the new directive on Monday during an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the communications industry, gave telecoms operators two weeks to link subscribers’ registered SIM cards on their networks to their NIN, which is currently being issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). He further added that submission of NIN by subscribers must take place within two weeks from today December 16, 2020, and end by December 30, 2020...
NCC Halts Sale, Registration of New SIM
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NCC Halts Sale, Registration of New SIM

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered Mobile Network Operators to immediately halt the sale and activation of new SIM cards pending an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs who disclosed that it was pertinent for operators to comply until the audit exercise had been concluded. Adinde said that the audit was directed by Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, noting that an exemption might be granted following approval from the Federal Government through the commission. According to the director, sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license would be meted out to operators who fail to comply with the di...