NCC Disqualifies Nigerians Below 18 From Owning SIM

Persons below the age of 18 have been disqualified by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC from being able to get a Subscriber Identity Module, SIM, in Nigeria.

A draft copy of the Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations found on NCC’s website only permits those above the age of 18 to get SIM cards.

“‘Subscriber’ means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee.”

The Licensee refers to ‘a provider of communications services that utilises a subscription medium in the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.

The regulations were made in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act,2003.

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.

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