The minister had on assumption of office, directed all agencies and parastatals under Communications Ministry to submit short-term performance targets.
“The Commission in its report said an estimated 9.2 million SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedures of SIM registration. The investigation which was carried out at the behest of the minister, has exposed for the first time in the telecoms history of Nigeria, in precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters,” the statement said.
Reacting to the report, Dr Pantami expressed concern over the security implication of the discovery and further directed that the telecoms regulator, should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly reregistered.
To ensure maximum compliance, Dr Pantami, has directed NCC to ensure that all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper reregistration procedures.
“The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inactions that will compromise the nation’s security,” Pantami said. (The Nation)