Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isah Pantami, on Wednesday directed the Nigerian Communications Commission that an individual should not own more than three SIM cards in Nigeria.
The directive was contained in a statement issued by his Technical Assistant on Information Technology, Dr Femi Adeluyi.
Pantami directed the NCC to revise the policy on SIM card registration and usage which would ensure that, henceforth, the National Identity Number would become a compulsory requirement for registration of new SIM cards in the country.
It also directed the commission to ensure that no unregistered number is allowed on any network.
“The updated policy is expected to ensure that the National Identity Number becomes a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards (while for foreigners, their passports and visas should be used), while already registered SIM cards are to be updated with NIN before December 1, 2020.
“There should be a maximum number of SIM cards that can be tied to a single individual, possibly a maximum of three.”
“The NCC should ensure that only fully accredited agents support the SIM card registration process without pre-registering SIM would be themselves, while the eventual registration should be done by the operators,” the statement read in part.