The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has strongly warned telecoms customers to make sure they don’t enable their Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN) to be linked to a different particular person’s Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) playing cards, regardless of how shut the particular person is to them.
The Fee gave the warning throughout its third run Telecom Shopper City Corridor on Radio (TCTHR) programme, broadcast stay on Human Rights Radio, 101.1 FM in Abuja just lately. The occasion was hosted on the platform of ‘NCC Digital Signature on Radio’.
The NCC Digital Signature on Radio is the flagship radio programme of the Fee created to teach most of the people on the mandates of the Fee and for sharing salient, consumer-centric and up-to-date data on how NCC is delivering on its mandates.
Talking in the course of the radio programme centered on ‘the Advantages of NIN-SIM Integration’, NCC’s Director, Shopper Affairs Bureau, Efosa Idehen, mentioned “Not at all ought to a telecom shopper enable one other particular person to register a SIM with one other particular person’s NIN.”
Idehen mentioned compliance with this recommendation will shield the true proprietor of the NIN from any liabilities or unfavorable penalties arising from the usage of different particular person’s SIM.
“If the particular person, whose SIM is linked to your line use his personal SIM to commit crimes or any type of atrocities, it’s simple to be traced to you after which, you’ll be handled as a result of the SIM is linked to your NIN,” he mentioned.
Through the phone-in phase of the radio programme, which lasted two hours, customers inside Nigeria and within the diaspora, particularly from the UK (UK), Russia and neighbouring international locations like Ghana, amongst others, have been capable of name and get clarifications on issues that they had concerning the continuing NIN-SIM integration in Nigeria.
Discussions largely centered on educating customers on NIN and its objective, strategy of acquiring NIN, why customers are being requested to submit their NIN to their Cell Community Service Suppliers, the advantages of NIN-SIM linkage, relationship between NIN and Financial institution Verification Quantity (BVN) registration, the step-by-step strategy to linking NIN to SIM, and the function and makes use of of Unstructured Supplementary Service Information (USSD) *346# within the NIN-SIM integration actions.
Efosa was joined within the studio by NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who was represented by an Assistant Director within the division, Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan; and a Deputy Director, Tasks Division of NCC, Mrs. Nnenna Ukoha, who collectively educated customers on the assorted facets of NIN-SIM integration train.
Different panelists embody NCC’s Head, Shopper Info and Schooling, Mistura Aruna; Head, Company Communication, Nationwide Identification Administration Fee (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke, in addition to representatives of cellular operators, together with MTN, Airtel, Globacom, and 9Mobile.
Through the radio programme, telecoms customers have been reminded repeatedly of the October 31, 2021 deadline for NIN-SIM integration. The Federal Authorities had prolonged the deadline earlier given for the completion of the NIN-SIM linkage to thirty first October, 2021.
The 2-hour dialogue programme, which was additionally live-streamed on the social media, recorded broader participation than its forerunners as a consequence of a mixture of the common radio listenership with viewership on Human Rights Radio’s social media belongings.
Thus, it achieved NCC’s goal of utilizing a mass medium to develop its attain to telecom customers to reinforce their safety by means of data sharing, and training with a view to enhance the standard of shopper expertise with telecom companies in Nigeria.
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