NCC clarifies 95.7m Subscribers ’ SIM Registration Data
..Says Undergoing Standardized Scrubbing , Verification
By Pelumi Olaleye
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has clarified its position against media reports that 95.7 million subscriber registrations are invalid.
In a statement by the Commission, it noted tha the process of scrubbing registration data submitted by operators is an ongoing one and that so far, over 60 million records have been “scrubbed” successfully.
This clarification is necessary for subscribers and other critical stakeholders who rely on subscriber registration data.
“Scrubbing” in telecoms parlance refers to the screening process of verifying biometric and personal information submitted by all operators in respect of each of their subscribers.
NCC said that the figures quoted in the news reports were disclosed at a sensitization workshop to illustrate the quality of initial data submissions, subsequent process enhancements by the NCC and operators have led to better quality submissions. The process is ongoing, and is constantly being reviewed for higher efficiency. Adding that the outcome of its initial scrubbing exercise at the workshop in order to underscore the need for subscriber registration agents and operators to ensure strict adherence to the subscriber registration regulations of 2011 as well as the technical specifications for subscriber registration.
The Commission further appealed that all subscribers should ensure that their details are properly captured in order to avoid unnecessary complications which may affect their banking, educational, health, travel and other pursuits which rely on proof of personal identity, saying, “We also wish to assure all stakeholders that the Commission will continue to aggressively pursue the national interest objectives of delivering an accurate database of telephone subscribers in Nigeria.
“We expect all players in the subscriber registration value chain to support the national security objectives of the exercise as NCC will continue to show zero tolerance for deviations from the process”.