Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered telecommunications companies to halt the sale and activation of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).
A statement issued by the commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde reveals that the directive was given by The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami,
It explained that the move was geared towards giving room for an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.
The inspection is to ensure that the firms comply with quality standards and requirements.
It however noted that an exemption might be granted if the federal government approves.
“Accordingly, Mobile Network Operators are hereby directed to immediately suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIM cards until the audit is concluded, and government has conveyed the new direction.
“Where it is absolutely necessary, exemption may be granted in writing by the commission, following approval from the government,” the statement read in part.
NCC warned that non-compliance by network operators could lead to withdrawal of operating license.
“MNOs are to please note that non-compliance with this directive will be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating licence,” it said.