NIMC National Identity Number Prerequisite For Registration Of GSM Telephone SIM-NCC


LAGOS OCTOBER 7TH (NEWSRANGERS)-National Communication Commission has stated that persons must provide his/her National Identity Management Commission, NIMC National Identity Number, NIN in order to register for GSM telephone SIM card.
Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC, who made the statement at the third annual conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers on October 4, 2019 at Sheraton Hotels, Lagos revealed that the NCC in collaboration with all stakeholders has set in motion mechanisms for compliance.
According to him, “With respect to SIM Registration and its connection with national security, I will like to remind us that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) established under the NIMC 2007 Act has released the National Identification Number Regulations 2017. That regulation provides that a person must provide his/her National Identity Number (NIN) in order to register a telephone SIM card. Consequently, the NCC in collaboration with all stakeholders has set in motion mechanisms for compliance.
“I, therefore, would like to use this opportunity to encourage Nigerians – you and I – who want to acquire new SIM cards, for one reason or the other, to ensure that they obtain a National Identity Number first.”
He explained that NCC are always delighted to be part of the Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), adding that GOCOP has, over the years, remained a segment of the Commission’s broad media stakeholders, who have continually supported in disseminating their activities – policies, programmes and decisions – to its various stakeholders. “We are, indeed, grateful for the professional manner with which you cover our activities from time to time,” Danbatta stated.
He maintained that the theme of this GOCOP this year’s event: “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward in Nigeria” is very apt and timely, as it speaks to the fundamental issues that underpin our development outlook as a nation.
“I have no doubt that today’s Guest Speaker, the highly respected Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria, is more than qualified to handle a contemporary and national discourse of this nature. We look forward to having a good time with him on how we can better improve our economy, address our security challenges and ultimately advance national development in our country,” he stated.
Going through the memory lane on what NCC as the country’s independent telecom regulatory authority, has been doing towards engendering security of lives and property for economic development in our country, Dambatta disclosed that the Nigerian telecoms industry, in the past 18 years, has recorded tremendous growth.
According to him, “Today, the number of active telephone lines in the country is about 175 million, representing a teledensity of 91.65 per cent. Today, the number of Internet users is 122.6 million while broadband penetration currently stands at 35 percent. The cumulative investment profile in the sector is over $70 billion.
“At 11.39 percent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the telecom subsector remains a major actor in the national economy. Indeed, as at the second quarter of 2019, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector’s contribution to the GDP was 13.88 per cent. Today, the positive impacts of telecoms sector – either voice or data resonate in other sectors of the economy and in all the aspects of our daily interactions.
“Let me conclude this short remark by assuring Nigerians that the NCC, in its renowned effective regulatory character, remains consistent in its commitment to using telecoms to support the current tripartite agenda of the Federal Government, which are to improve the economy, enhance security of lives and property and to fight corruption in our society.”

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