NCC allays fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has described as unfounded fears over allegations in numerous publications in both print and electronic media regarding mass disconnection of telephone subscribers as a result of the ongoing linkage of SIM Registration Records with the National Identity Number (NIN)
The NCC, in a statement by Ikechukwu Adinde, director, Public Affairs, on Wednesday, said the clarification was necessary to allay the fears of subscribers and the general public.
“Most of these publications are based on the erroneous assumption that for every network or SIM connection, there is one unique human subscriber.
“However, with the advent of social media and App-driven digital environment, network subscription went beyond human subscribers to include machines like PoS, Routers, Wi-Fi devices, electricity meters, CCTV, tracking devices etc.”
According to him, a recent survey conducted in Nigeria has shown that on the average, there are now approximately four to five SIMs to every human subscriber.
“This explains the basis of allowing the linkage of up to seven SIMs to one unique NIN in the recently launched Federal Government Portal.
“Thus, if there are 43 million Nigerians with NINs, this could account for about 172 million SIMs already linked to NINs.”
The commission emphasized that the current exercise of linking NIN to SIM(s) is for the common good of all Nigerians, as it has far reaching benefits.
Adinde said that “apart from enhancing our general safety, this would help in such vital exercises like national budgeting, policy planning, social intervention programmes and many more.
“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.
“We call on all our media partners, publishers and reporters to always endeavour to seek clarification from the Commission before going to the press, especially on sensitive issues.”