The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has barred Nigerians below the age of 18 from getting a SIM card in the country.
The NCC announced this in a draft copy of the modified registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations published on its website on Tuesday.
“‘Subscriber’ means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee,” it read.
According to the NCC, the regulation was made in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act,2003.
In accordance with Section 57 of the Act, the NCC conducted a Public Inquiry on the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, alongside the draft SIM Replacement Guidelines and the draft Spectrum Trading Guidelines at its head office in Abuja.
While Telecoms giant, MTN urged the commission to set the age limit to 14years, NCC maintained that the age limit will remain 18 years.