SIM card registration: Reps set up committee to probe N6.1bn budget

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 26th, 2012

The House of Representatives on Thursday set up an ad hoc committee to investigate how the N6.1 billion allocated for SIM cards registration in 2011 budget of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) was spent.

This was sequel to a motion raised by Honour-able Abdulrahman Terab over alleged sale of pre-registered SIM cards to users who did not understand the security implications of patronising such.

According to him, the whole essence of the SIM card registration exercise might be defeated if the trend was not checked and wondered why, in spite of the huge sum of money appropriated for the exercise in the 2011 budget of the NCC, no significant achie-vement had been made.

“If this act continues, it will negate the current efforts to get the true identity of mobile phone users in Nigeria,” he said

To the end, the ad hoc committee was mandated to investigate the entire SIM registration process, and report back in four weeks.

Meanwhile, the House has also urged the Ministry of Aviation to ensure that the contractor handling the new terminal of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano resumes work.

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