Nigerians below 18 not allowed to own SIM cards — NCC

NCC warns Telecom consumers against sharing cell phone, NIN, SIM

By Arogbonlo Israel

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said Nigerian citizens below the age of 18 would not be allowed to own a Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card.

The commission revealed this in a recent publication on its official website.

The draft copy of the modified registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations as seen by Vanguard, revealed that only subscribers above the age of 18 are entitled to SIMs.

According to the commission, the new regulation was in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

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In accordance with Section 57 of the Act, the NCC conducted a Public Inquiry on the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, alongside the draft SIM Replacement Guidelines and the draft Spectrum Trading Guidelines at its head office in Abuja on Tuesday.

Telecoms giant, MTN had opposed the new regulation, particularly the age limit, opining that the age limit should be 14 and not 18 years as declared by the commission.

The NCC, however, maintained its stance adding that the age limit remains 18 years.

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