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We’ve not disqualified persons below age 18 from getting SIM cards – NCC clears air

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The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has denied studies making the rounds in a piece of the media purporting that the fee is disqualifying Nigerians under the age of 18 from getting Subscriber Identification Module, SIM, playing cards.

Recall that studies went viral through the week, saying that the fee is growing a regulation to disqualify Nigerians under 18 years of age from getting SIM playing cards.

The fee mentioned it needs to categorically state that the mentioned report shouldn’t be solely deceptive and inaccurate; however misinformation and mischaracterisation of the proceedings of the Public Inquiry on the Reviewed/Draft Registration of Phone Subscribers Rules, which came about on Tuesday, October 6, 2021.

The fee says it considers it essential to set the document straight for the aim of serving present and potential telecom subscribers, traders and different stakeholders within the trade correct info for making knowledgeable selections.

“In accordance with sections 70 and 71 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003 and the Fee’s consultative engagement course of, which outline its rule-making course of, the general public inquiry was held for all related stakeholders to supply enter on the draft regulatory instrument,” a press release signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC Spokesman, mentioned.

“The age of 18 years for SIM acquisition proposed within the draft regulation is contingent on the constitutional provision, which makes 18 years the age of consent in Nigeria.

“Additionally, SIM acquisition is a contract between service suppliers and their subscribers, which requires the subscriber to have correct authorized standing, be of mature thoughts and rational sufficient to bear sure duties, obligations, and liabilities imposed by a contract.

“The proposal is, subsequently, to guard minors. Dad and mom and guardians can purchase SIMs of their names on behalf of their youngsters and wards wherein case they assume no matter duties or liabilities that come up from the utilization of such SIMs, a measure anticipated to additionally strengthen nationwide safety.

“Whereas the Fee is progressively pursuing digital inclusion for all, the draft proposal is meant to ensure elevated monitoring of kids and defend the minors from undue liabilities in keeping with NCC’s Baby On-line Safety drive.

“Nevertheless, the consultative engagement course of remains to be ongoing, because the Fee is reviewing all enter from related stakeholders on this regard and can think about and deliberate on all feedback earlier than issuing a last regulatory instrument.

“We attraction to our media stakeholders to all the time fact-check their tales pertaining to telecoms regulatory points and search mandatory clarifications for knowledgeable and correct reporting because the Fee runs an open-house system.”

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