NCC urged to link SIM cards with national ID cards, BVN

THE Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has called on the newly-inaugurated Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to link up SIMcard registration to national Identification Card (ID Card) and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Pantami, who made the call at the inauguration which took place in Abuja, said that it was an important step to take as it was part of the policy of the present administration.

“Try to see how our sim registration will be linked up to our national identification card.

“It is also very important so that our BVN will all be linked up with our digital ID,” he said.

According to him, the policy is with regard to the achievement on the handling of 9.4 million sim cards, some of which he said are partially registered and some not completely registered.

“After that, President Muhammadu Buhari directed me to share that information with security agencies and also ask for their opinion on how to consolidate that a chievement.

“As part of what they have sent to us, some responded that there are issues that we must address.

“One of them is total number of registered sim cards that each Nigerian should be allowed to have without difficulty.”

He further suggested that every individual should possibly have three sim cards as regards the policy sent to the NCC as part of regulation to the board.

The minister advised that when individuals would need additional sim cards from the agreed number, they should provide justification in order to acquire more than the agreed number.

“In the document policy we have sent, we say possibly three, as part of regulation the board; we said possibly, possibly is not final.

“So, it is flexible. This is based on what the Minister of Defence has sent to us,” he said.

Pantami urged the board members to work hard and not to take their work lightly.

In his remarks, the Board Chairman, Professor Adeolu Akande, expressed happiness and gratitude for the opportunity and support to be of service to the commission.

Akande, who spoke on behalf of the newly-inaugurated board, promised on behalf of the board and management of NCC to meet up and exceed the minister’s expectations.

He thanked the minister for standing by them during their screening in the National Assembly.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) NCC, Professor Umaru Danbatta thanked the minister for giving a full compliment to NCC’s governing board.