Dr. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has challenged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to develop new regulatory strategies & policies, with particular reference to area of SIM card registration, in other to enhance effective regulation of the telecom industry.
The Minister stated this in his remarks during the recent swearing in of the new Chairman of the board of commissioners, NUC, Prof Adeolu Akande, representing the South West zone. Also sworn in alongside Prof Akande was Chief Uche Nwude who represents the South East zone.
Speaking further at the event, Dr Pantami enjoined the board to move things along while charging them to make their time effective and worthwhile. He went further to say “there is no time for celebrations now and no time for honeymoon,” declared that “we would congratulate the NCC Board after you must have completed your tenure with resounding successes and achievements that have positive impact on Nigerians.”
Dr Pantami further stressed the need for “the NCC to totally sanitize the industry of improperly-registered Subscriber Identification Number (SIM) cards and to develop regulations on the number of SIM cards an individual or organization can have at any particular time. He also charged them to ensure seamless integration of SIM data with the national database of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).”
Responding after his swearing in, the new chairman of the board, Prof Akande thank the minister and also expressed the board’s readiness to enforce quality regulation of the industry.
According to Akande, “We want to thank everybody who has been with us since our nomination by the President in the last two months. There is no doubt that NCC has a major role to play in our national life at this time, especially in the area of security. For instance, many people on the street believe that security of lives and property will be bolstered once NCC is able to properly address issues connected to SIM card registration because we would have helped to resolve a critical percentage of our security issue significantly.”
“I know our minister is someone, who normally set high expectations and standards. I have worked with him at NITDA and I know he is somebody who normally expects the best from his team. To this end, I give you the commitment of the Board and management of NCC to work together to meet and exceed expectations.”