NIGERIAN Communications Commission (NCC) has outlawed registration and ownership of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards by persons under the age of 18 in the country.
A draft copy of modified registration of telephone subscribers regulations published on the commission’s website and signed by Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta, yesterday said the policy was introduced in response to new developments.
According to him, with the new policy only legally qualified persons will be recognised while appropriate sanctions are meted out to defaulters.
“Subscriber’ means a person, not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee. There will be activation window of up to a period of 60 days from the day a new SIM was purchased to when a subscriber is required to register with the relevant licensee (telecom operators) and during which, the new subscriber will be granted limited access to voice calls, message services and other range of services usually provided by mobile operators.
Subscriber Registration Period means the six months period from the effective date or such other date as the commission may specify and any extensions thereto that may be announced by the commission, within which existing subscribers are required to register their Subscription Mediums pursuant to these Regulations,” the post reads.