The Federal Government may soon restrict individual subscribers in the country to own not more than three phone lines.
This was revealed in a policy directive issued to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by Isah Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
Read Also: Northern Groups Unveil Regional Security Outfit, ‘Operation Shege Ka Fasa’
According to a statement issued by Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the Minister on Wednesday, the directive was issued based on security considerations.
The newly revised policy also stipulates that the National Identity Number (NIN) would become a compulsory requirement for all Nigerians before registering their new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.
Accordingly, all subscribers with already registered SIM cards are to update their details with the NIN before December 1, 2020.
Similarly, foreigners are to use their passport and or visa numbers to register SIM cards.
Read Also: Diesel-Laden Tanker Catches Fire In Lagos
The statement partly read: “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.”
Pantami also directed the NCC to ensure that only fully accredited agents support the SIM card registration process without pre-registering SIM cards, while the eventual registration should be done by the telecom operators.
Read Also: Reps Accuse Foreign Powers Of Sponsoring Boko Haram, ISWAP
The NCC was also ordered to ensure that no unregistered SIM is ever allowed to operate on mobile networks.
According to the statement, the updated policy is expected to “ensure that subscribers can easily check the number of SIM cards registered to their name, along with the associated phone numbers and networks”.
The new policy would also make it mandatory for mobile network operators to fortify their networks against cyberattacks.
The minister mandated the NCC to provide him with progress reports on the implementation of the revised policy.