The Nigerian Communications Fee has disqualified anybody beneath the age of 18 from registering and proudly owning a Subscriber Id Module in Nigeria.
That is in keeping with the draft copy of the modified Registration of Phone Subscribers Rules printed on the fee’s web site.
Within the modified laws, NCC restricted telecoms subscribers to solely embody anybody above the age of 18, Punch reviews.
“‘Subscriber’ means an individual not beneath the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications providers by buying a subscription medium or getting into right into a subscription contract with a licensee.”
The Licensee refers to ‘a supplier of communications providers that utilises a subscription medium within the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.
The laws have been made according to the powers conferred upon the fee by part 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act,2003.
In accordance with Part 57 of the Act, the NCC performed a Public Inquiry on the Registration of Phone Subscribers Rules, alongside the draft SIM Alternative Tips and the draft Spectrum Buying and selling Tips at its head workplace in Abuja on Tuesday.
NCC’s Government Commissioner Stakeholders’ Administration, Mr Adeleke Adewolu, gave the opening comment on the occasion.
He mentioned, “The general public inquiry is an avenue that permits the fee develop and evaluate its regulatory devices by incorporating the feedback and strategies of trade stakeholders.”
Through the public inquiry, which was held bodily and nearly, key stakeholders, together with MTN, urged the fee to revise the age restrict.
MTN requested the fee to make the age restrict 14 years and above.
The NCC, nonetheless, insisted on 18 years and above for anybody who needs to personal and register a SIM in Nigeria.
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