Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Mr. Peter Igoh, at the weekend joined the concerted efforts of the Commission to ensure that phone subscribers register their SIM cards before the expiration of the deadline on nationwide SIM Card registration on September 28, 2011.

Mr. Igoh who led NCC team to Harvest FM in Markurdi, Benue State capital, where he was hosted to a live phone-in special segment on radio station, requested all subscribers in Benue State, and indeed the country, to ensure that their SIM cards are registered.

He listed the benefits of SIM card registration to include assisting security agencies to fight crimes for the benefit of the lives and properties of Nigerians, and to ensure a robust and secure citizen data for the country as the Commission is currently working together with the National Identity management Commission to manage this critical information.

He announced the centres housing the NCC SIM registration agents in Benue State, including ones which he personally visited and urged the citizens to come out to do their civic responsibilities.

NCC OUTREACH: From left, Assistant Director, Consumer Affairs, Dr. Atoyebi, Mr. Reuben Muoka, Chairman of NCC, Mr. Peter Igoh, and Mrs. Mary Uduma, Director, Consumer Affairs listening to consumers at the Markudi Outreach Programme.

He said the reason why the Commission appointed SIM registration agents was to ensure that citizens in the interior areas of the country, including localities in Benue State, are not denied the opportunity offered by the registration as the agents are equipped to travel to all the nooks and crannies of the country.

The NCC chairman also took the campaign to the Benue State University, Markudi, where the Commission hosted subscribers to the bimonthly Consumer Outreach Programme .

“Today, we are looking at the issue of SIM Card Registration which is currently going on across the nation. The exercise offers a lot of benefits to the consumers as it will bring in more security, provide a reputable databank of telephone users for the country and curb criminal activities among many other benefits”, he said.

He reiterated that at the previous outings of this COP event, a number of issues that are of tremendous benefits to the consumers have been discussed with a view to informing and empowering consumers as to make them make informed decisions about the services being offered by their service providers.

Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Managermeent of the NCC, Mr. Okechukwu Itanyi who was represented by the Director, Consumer Affairs, Mrs. Mary Uduma, reiterated that the ongoing SIM Card registration is mandatory for all telephone subscribers.

He said Consumers have the option to register their individual SIM Cards with their respective Service Providers, or register all their SIM Cards at once with the NCC, however, double registration is not allowed.

“On a strong note, I wish to urge all Consumers to avoid buying pre-registered SIM Cards and protect their registered telephone lines as they will be fully held responsible for all calls that originate from their SIM Cards”, he said.

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