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Telecoms faults Minister over Nine Million unregistered SIM cards claims

Telecoms has faulted the minister  of Communication over  nine million unregistered SIM cards.

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria has said that there are not up to nine million unregistered mobile telephone SIM cards in the country, as claimed by the Communications Minister, Dr Isa Pantami.

Dr. Isa Pantami directed the Nigerian Communications Commission to immediately compel the telecom service providers to block ‘over nine million’ unregistered SIM cards in the country.

A statement signed by Pantami’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, further explained that the baseline short-term performance targets report submitted to the minister by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC revealed that there were about 9.2 million unregistered SIM cards in the country.The umbrella body of the telecom operators, ALTON, on Friday dismissed the report, insisting that the number of unregistered SIM cards in the country was far less than 9.2 million.

The Chairman of ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, faulted the figure announced by the minister.

Although he agreed that unregistered SIM cards should be blocked, the ALTON chairman observed that it was impossible to have up to nine million unregistered SIM cards in the country.

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