The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered immediate suspension of sale and activation of new SIM cards to allow an audit of the subscriber registration database.
Its Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said in a statement on Wednesday that it was necessary for all the tekco operators to comply with the directive.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, was quoted as directing the commission to embark on an audit of the database.
He, however, said an exemption might be granted following approval from the Federal Government through the commission.
He warned that non-compliance with the directive would attract sanctions, including withdrawal of operating licence.
Adinde said the audit would help to consolidate the achievement of the SIM card registration.
The director explained that the objective of the audit was to ensure compliance with set quality standards and requirements by mobile network operators.
According to him, the directive became necessary in view of the preponderance of pre-registered SIMs with the attendant security implications associated with their use to facilitate criminal activities.
In May 2019, the NCC had announced the second phase of an audit of SIM registration data and registration processes.
The exercise started in 2011 with the introduction of the Subscriber Registration Regulations and Registration Specifications in 2011.
In August 2015, the telcos were given a deadline to disconnect SIMs found not to fully comply with registration requirements, or risk being penalised.
In 2019, the commission announced that it found that the SIM registration of 95.7 million subscribers was not properly carried out.
In November 2015, the NCC fined all the four major telcos for violating Section 20(1) of the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulation of 2011.
Abuja-Kaduna train: NRC opens online, mobile app ticketing Sunday 8am
…gives more stringent conditions
As train operation resumes on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor this Monday December 5, 2022, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has said that the purchase of tickets by proxy for the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service will be limited to only minors and a specified number of adult passengers.
It also stated that online and mobile app ticketing would be available from 8am in the on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations would open from 6:30am on Monday, December the 5th.
This is part of the stringent security measures announced by the NRC as contained in a new statement issued by the management of the corporation.
The statement also indicated that the first train would depart the Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna State to Abuja by 8am while from Abuja, the first train would depart Idu Train Station to Kaduna by 9:45am.
The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number (NIN) and valid boarding ticket before they will be allowed to board.
Part of the statement by the NRC read, “This is to inform the general public that Nigerian Railway Corporation on the directive of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Transportation will resume the Abuja Kaduna Passenger train service on Monday 5th December 2022.
“The commuting public is hereby advised that as part of the new security measures on the Abuja Kaduna service, it is now mandatory to present the following documents before being allowed to board the train:
“National Identification Number (NIN) to every adult boarding the train.
“Valid boarding ticket: No access will be allowed into the departure or arrival hall without a valid ticket.
“Purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.
“All individual adult travellers must submit their NIN before the ticket can be issued.’’
The NRC suspended train service on the Abuja Kaduna route following the attack by some terrorists on a moving passenger train on March 28, 2022, with many passengers on board.
The attack which occurred a few kilometres from Kaduna metropolis had about eight people killed, with dozens injured and some others kidnapped by the bandits.
The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train have released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.
Labour Party’s structure stronger than APC, PDP, says Utomi
- ‘Two ex-president backing Obi’
Professor of political economy, Pat Utomi, has said two former heads of state are supporters of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
The PUNCH reported Utomi to have spoken in Abuja on Friday during a town hall meeting organised by the BIG-TENT, a coalition of political parties, social movements, and civil society organisations (CSOs), in support of Obi’s presidential ambition.
Utomi, who is the convener of the coalition, did not disclose the names of the ex-heads of the state.
He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) do not have a strong structure like the LP.
He said the group had developed “real structures” for the LP to take Nigeria back from those who had misruled the country.
“Money alone doesn’t win elections. Two former heads of state have said to me they are Obidients. A lot of people want to join the movement without joining the Labour Party to ensure that Obi and Baba-Ahmed win to capture our country back from those who have held us down,” he said.
Utomi also said, “The LP has better structures than the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. When people talk about structures, I kind of laugh because they don’t understand the meaning of structure.
“The structure is a criminal network of people who can fix elections, and we have to stop that; that’s not structure.
“We at the BIG-TENT have worked at developing real structures and they are going to be shocked at what they will see.
“Many of the Peter Obi support groups have structures on their own that can win these elections. At every poll during the election day, we will have 20 people who belong to these structures.
“When they get to the polling units, it won’t be business as usual. And when they try to mess things up by doctoring information technology from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), they will meet us there because we know they are planning things like that but they will meet us there with technology.”
Old N200, N500, N1,000 notes will be in use till Jan 31- CBN
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said the current series of N200, N500, and N1,000 notes will still be used as legal tender until the last day of January 2023.
It dismissed the rumours that the current banknotes would stop being in use from December 15.
The apex bank on Friday in a tweet clarified this.
“The current series of N200, N500 and N1,000 notes remain legal tender until the deadline of January 31, 2023,” tweet by the apex bank read.
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This comes as the CBN in October announced plans to introduce new naira notes on December 15.
Nigerians have been concerned about how the apex bank will phase out the use of the current currencies, but many have rumoured that the currency will stop being in use from December 15. However, the apex bank has cleared that the currency will still be in use until January 31, 2023.
The current series of N200, N500 and N1,000 notes remain legal tender until the deadline of January 31, 2023. pic.twitter.com/ukdi47LfLB
— Central Bank of Nigeria (@cenbank) December 2, 2022
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