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BREAKING: NCC Says Nigerians Below 18 Years Cannot Own SIM Cards

BREAKING: NCC Says Nigerians Below 18 Years Cannot Own SIM Cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that only Nigerians between the age of 18 and above can own sim cards in Nigeria.

According to DAILY TRUST, NCC has drafted stiffer regulations guiding Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards ownership in Nigeria.

The NCC has set 18 years as the age limit for anyone registering or planning to own a sim card although it is yet to reach an agreement with stakeholders in the Telecom Industry.

NCC says this regulation is in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

This information is contained in the draft copy of the modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations which has been published on the commission’s website.

DAILY POST reports that the draft has been signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta’. Information Guide Nigeria

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Prof Umar Garba Danbatta said, “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”.

According to DAILY POST, NCC has set aside the “activation window” to a period of 60 days from the day a new SIM was purchased to when a subscriber is required to register with the telecom operators.

During this period, the subscriber will have limited access to voice calls, message services, and other range of services that are provided by mobile operators.

NCC also added that “Subscriber Registration Period” means that the six months period from the effective date or any other date chosen by the commission may specify and any extensions thereto that may be announced by the Commission and within this period, existing subscribers will have to register their Subscription Mediums pursuant to these Regulations. JAMB Result

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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