By Ngozi Onyeakusi — The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been charged to link up SIM card registration to national Identification Card (ID Card) and Bank Verification Number (BVN).

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami gave the charge during while inaugurating the new chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission governing board in Abuja on Thursday, Pantami equally stated that existing subscribers to telecommunications services who want new telephone lines must be made to explain why they need the lines.
He noted that it was an important step to take as it was part of the policy of the present administration.

“Try to see how our sim registration will be linked up to our national identification card.

“It is also very important so that our BVN will all be linked up with our digital ID,” he said.

According to him, the policy is with regard to our achievement on handling 9.4 million sim cards, some are partially registered, some not completely registered.

“After that, President Muhammadu Buhari directed me to share that information with security agencies and also ask for their opinion on how to consolidate that achievement.

“As part of what they have sent to us, some responded that there are issues that we must address.

“One of them is total number of registered sim cards that each Nigerian should be allowed to have without difficulty.”

He further suggested that every individual should possibly have three sim cards as regards the policy sent to the NCC as part of regulation to the board.

The minister adviced that when individuals would need additional sim cards from the agreed number, they should provide justification in order to acquire more than the agreed number.

“In the document policy we have sent, we say possibly three, as part of regulation the board; we said possibly, possibly is not final.

“So it is flexible. This is based on what the Minister of Defence has sent to us,” he said.

Pantami urged the board members to work hard and not to take their work lightly.