NCC Sets Penalties for Sale, Purchase of Pre-Registered MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile SIM Cards


The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has urged the public to be wary of pre-registered SIM cards' sale, purchase, and usage. 

Prof Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission Photo credit: NCC Source: Getty Images 

This was the message of Ayanbanji Ojo, the head of the Consumer Policy Development and Monitoring Department at NCC, at the Abuja International Trade Fair on Thursday, 5 October 2023. 

Ojo noted that the commission frowns at buying and selling of pre-registered SIM cards, as such is considered as a criminal offence with fines and jail terms. 

Ojo reiterated the commission's commitment to ensuring fair competition and a level playing field for all stakeholders in the telecommunication industry. This commitment, he said, extends to safeguarding the interests of consumers, protecting their rights and privileges, and preventing unfair practices within the telecom service value chain. 

His words: "The campaign on NIN-SIM Linkage aims to enhance security in the country, and service providers have been directed to roll over unused data when a data plan is renewed within the stipulated time." 

Additionally, Ojo mentioned that the NCC has directed all licensed Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to implement approved Harmonized Short Codes (HSC) for providing services to Nigerian telecom consumers.

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