The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta has revealed that there are no more pre-registered SIM Cards in Nigeria.
Danbatta who responded to an observation raised by Senator Bulkachuwa (Bauchi North)during his screening by the Senate committee on Communication on the need to check mate charlatans who use SIM Card for criminal activities Stated that it is very necessary for the commission to take action in this era of security challenges in the nation.
Professor Danbatta noted that since 2015 that the Commission carried out its first SIM Cards registration in the country, where it discovered that there were about 20 million unregistered SIM Cards in Nigeria, it immediately swung in to action to ensure all SIM Cards are properly registered.
According to him, MTN, one of the telecommunications company in the country breached protocol by having about 5.2 million pre-registered SIM Cards in its possession but after some time they over came the challenge and registered all SIMs.
He noted that huge success has been recorded by the commission in its fight against pre-registered SIM Cards. “we are glad to inform you that there are virtually no more case of pre-registered SIM Cards after our second SIM audit in 2020”. He also pointed out that all unregistered SIM Cards were deactivated to avoid it been used by criminals.
In a similar vein, the Executive Vice Chairman assured Nigerians that the dreaded 5G is a new technology that is yet to arrive the country. He noted that the NCC only did a trial in 6 locations in the country to access how safe it will be for the citizens.
“We want to assure all citizens that it is a safe technology and if it comes to the country, we will do all within our means to ensure the safety and welfare of all Telecom’s users.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is been screened by the Senate on the request of President Muhammadu Buhari in accordance with section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communication Act, 2003.