NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Eugene Juwah
By Amaka Eze
The Director, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo, has said the percentage of connected SIM cards registered at the recently-concluded exercise is 79.59 per cent.
The Director, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo, who spoke with THISDAY stated that the exercise, which kicked off in March 2011, and ended in September, was successful.
Ojobo disclosed that the commission would soon announce the final results .
On the number of registered lines, the public affairs director said: “There are over 110 million registered lines, but of course, the process of sorting out active lines is been going on.”
Explaining the reason behind the delay, Ojobo stated that some of the networks faced some challenges with the data they collected, thus causing a delay in the collation and harmonisation period, which has lasted seven months.
According to Ojobo, there were over 10,000 fixed and mobile SIM card registration centres spread across the country, some owned by the network operators themselves and others managed by the NCC front end partners and agents.
He said: “Some of these network operators initially had challenges with their collected data, which had to be resolved before the data could be properly harmonised. This has led to the delay because NCC had to properly check and double-checked the data, before the harmonisation process can be completed,” he said.
THISDAY gathered that some of the networks faced issues of dual registrations, erroneous registrations or software error, which took time to be sorted out by NCC.
Ojobo explained: “Harmonisation process is on-going and will be completed any moment from now. We are simple trying to double-check the results we have, before the final result is announced.”
Giving the number of connected SIM cards, as at December 2011, at 124.8million, Ojobo said the SIM cards registered by the network operators was 78.83million, while the SIM card registered by NCC’s front end partners and agents, is 20.50million, bringing the total number of registered SIM cards at 99.33 million, and the percentage of connected SIM cards registered at 79.59%.
As regards the collated results, Ojobo said: “When we have fully gotten all the results in place, we will submit what we have to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), who is in charge of national identity management, to aid them in the smooth execution of its mandate to identify every Nigerian into a single database.