The Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) has said that terrorists and bandits are been denied access to telecommunication services subscribers with the ongoing implementation of the National Identity Number (NIN), SIM linkage policy in Nigeria.
The Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement NCC, Ephraim Nwokonanya, represented by Head Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC, Al-Kasim Umar, disclosed this at the 1-day Capacity Building for members of the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters’ Association, (NITRA), Abuja chapter at the Commission Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking on the NIN-SIM linkage, Menace of Network Booster Devices, other Compliance, Monitoring Enforcement issues of the Commission, Umar stressed that there is an appreciable progress in NIN-linkage policy meant o address rising cases of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry in the country.
Umar explained that NIN-SIM implementation has been a potent tool in addressing the Nation’s insecurity challenges.
While lamenting the illegal use of network boosters, Umar disclosed that the Commission is committed to persecuting Nigerians using network boosters in their homes and offices at detriment of others.
According to him, “Yes we are making progress. The only challenge we are faced with now is, If the bandits kidnap you, they use your number to call. They will never use their phones lines; it is the kidnapped person’s phone number they use to call and switch it off immediately. They can keep you at a different place and make somewhere else. If a phone is off, there is no way one can trace it. It’s a big challenge”.
Even in the National Assembly someone brought this up, to ban all kidnappers lines, some people objected, that if they use a person number to make calls why can’t Federal Government block the terrorists/bandits phone numbers. Then someone rose up to say there will be more killings, this is because kidnappers are after victims’ money so there is no way it will curb the problem. But now there is progress, because they are being denied of SIM cards”, he stated.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Director of Public Affairs NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde said the capacity training is premised on the Commission recognition of the important media practitioners in its day-to-day activities.
Also, the Director, Policy Competition and Economic Analysis, NCC, Atu Sunday, who spoke intensively on the issues around International Termination Rate (ITR) for Voice services, explained that the Commission’s ITR policy is ultimately designed to carter for the interest of Nigeria and all telecoms stakeholders.
Speaking on ITR rate floor price, pegged at $0.0045, Mr Sunday said the commission utilized the best pricing modem to arrive at the figure that is why the rate is not too high or low.
“So, if the rate is too high between portfolio Nigerians who are only developing their pockets in just being able to call but at the same time, the rate should be fair that it will also not be injurious to our balance of payments. It will also not be injurious to the profitability of the operators”, he explained.
In another presentation session, Head Spectrum Administration NCC, Usman Aliyu, highlighted the Commission’s journey so far on 5G deployment in Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of NITRA President, Blessingg Olaifa, Emmanuel Elebeke appreciated NCC for the capacity training and assured that members of NITRA would continue to support the progressive policies of the commission via consistent reportage.