Reps Orders GLO, MTN, Airtel, Others to Stop Reselling Already Purchased SIM Cards

by John Ojewale
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The House of Representatives has directed its Telecommunications Committee (when constituted) to engage with Global System for Communication, GSM, providers to prevent network providers from reselling already acquired SIM cards.

The request came after the plenary debated a resolution proposed by Boniface Sunday Emerengwa yesterday.

Emerengwa, who introduced the motion, stated that the Global Service for Mobile Communication, or GSM, originally arrived in Nigeria in 2001, with Econet (now Airtel) and MTN as the first operators.

He stated:

“The advent of GSM enables Nigerians to have access to a variety of different services that were never possible or contemplated in the past such as Mobile Banking Services, etc.

“GSM has helped tremendously to improve the business environment in Nigeria, thereby providing ease of doing business in the country.

“SIM registration began in April 2010 upon directives from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to track subscribers in the possible event of an abuse of usage.

“The SIM registration entails the personal information and submission of individual biometric scans which are retained in the SIM by the Provider.

“The SIM cards paid for by individuals but not in use for six months are resold to another subscriber.

After the registration of a fresh subscriber of a pre, registered SIM, the details of the earlier subscriber still show when exposed to True Caller App, Regrets that bank alerts of old subscribers are sent to the new subscriber and vice-versa, thereby exposing customers to huge financial risk; particularly under the growing regime of ‘yahoo boys’ etc.”

The House adopted the measure and granted the committee two weeks to complete the job and report back for further legislative action.




cc: Vanguard Ng

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