The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has barred anyone under the age of 18 from registering and owning a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in the country.
The NCC says the regulation was made in line with the powers conferred upon the Commission by section 70 of the Nigeria Communication Act, 2003.
According to a draft copy of the updated Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations posted on the Commission’s website, the NCC restricted telecoms subscribers to those over the age of 18 in the revised regulations.
“The public inquiry is a way through which the commission can build and revise its regulatory instruments by considering the comments and ideas of industry stakeholders,” Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management at the NCC, Mr Adeleke Adewolu, said during a stakeholders meeting organised recently.
During the physical and virtual public inquiry, key parties, including MTN, petitioned the commission to reconsider the age limit. MTN in particular requested that the commission raise the age limit to 14 years or older.
The NCC, on the other hand, insisted on a minimum age of 18 for anyone wishing to own and register a SIM card in Nigeria.
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