Report getting to CoinNewsExtra says the Nigerian Communications Commission has disqualified anyone below the age of 18 from registering and owning a subscriber identity module sim) in nigeria.
This is according to the draft copy of the modified registration of telephone subscribers regulations published on the commission’s website.
In the modified regulations, ncc limited telecoms subscribers to only include anyone above the age of 18.
The action of the nigeria communuication commission means that a person 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 may not be given”
Furthermore, the license refers to ‘a provider of communications services that utilises a subscription medium in the federal republic of nigeria’.
Meanwhile the regulations were made in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the nigerian communications act,2003 which gives her power to do so or otherwise
However, 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.
The NCC’s Executive Commissioner Stakeholders’ Management, Mr Adeleke Adewolu, Said The Warning While Giving His Opening Remark At The Event Of Public Inquiry.
“The Public Inquiry Is An Avenue That Enables The Commission Develop And Review Its Regulatory Instruments By Incorporating The Comments And Suggestions Of Industry Stakeholders.”
During The Public Inquiry, Which Was Held Physically And Virtually, Key Stakeholders, Including Mtn, Urged The Commission To Revise The Age Limit.
The NCC, However, Insisted On 18 Years And Above For Anyone Who Wants To Own And Register A Sim In Nigeria.