NCC Sets Up Taskforce To Block More SIM Cards


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has vowed to stop the menace of improperly registered, unregistered and pre-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.

Consequently, the commission has set up a 12-man taskforce to bring up panacea to the problem.


Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, made the declaration yesterday after a meeting with all the telecommunications companies (telcos) operating in Nigeria at the NCC headquarters, Abuja.

The taskforce, which has six weeks to submit its report to the Executive Vice Chairman for onward transmission to the ONSA, has Mr. Efosa Idehen, Head, Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement at NCC as chairman; Mr. Bashir Idris, Head, Projects; Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, Head, Legal and Regulatory Services and Mr. Salisu Abdu, Head, Enforcement all of NCC as members.

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The telecommunication companies have a member each. These are Mr. Tobechukwu Okigbo (MTN); Mr. Oluwatosin Cole (GloMobile); Mr. Sola Adeyemi (Airtel) and Mr. Damian Udeh (ntel) as members.

A statement from the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, said the meeting on was the high point of several meetings initiated by the commission in the last two years with a view to finding solutions to the recurrent dangers of the improperly registered SIM cards in the country.