Sim Card: Not For You-NCC Tells Under 18


THE Nigerian Commission, NCC, has declared that anyone under 18 years is not eligible to register, obtain and own a Subscriber Identity Module, SIM, card in the country.

The commission made the declaration on a draft copy of the modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations as published on its website. According to the draft, all Telecommunications provider must, from henceforth, limit subscriber registration only to persons from 18 years.


The new regulation is a fallout of the Public Inquiry on the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, alongside the draft SIM Replacement and Spectrum Trading Guidelines, which took place at the NCC headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday with all stakeholders in attendance.


“The public inquiry is a platform that enables the commission develop and review its regulatory instruments by incorporating the comments and suggestions of industry stakeholders,” NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders’ Management, Mr Adeleke Adewolu, told participants while making his opening remark.


During the stakeholders conference, NCC turned down a suggestion by MTN that the age requirement be pegged at 14, insisting that it must be 18 years and above.

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