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Interview: SIM Card registration is a continuous process    NCC Commissioner

The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Sunday Dare, in this interview with journalists speaks on SIM Card registration and efforts being carried out by the Commission to address challenges surrounding it. What is the position of the NCC on the issue of purported invalidation of 95.7 million SIM data […]


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The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder management of the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Sunday Dare, in this interview with
journalists speaks on SIM Card registration and efforts being carried out by
the Commission to address challenges surrounding it.





What is the position of the NCC on the issue of purported
invalidation of 95.7 million SIM data of telecom subscribers?





The position of the NCC
has been consistent, in the sense that as is the normal practice globally, the
subscriber data that has been captured, has been undergoing the normal process
of verification. Whatever name you call it; it is simply a process of
verification. The operators, at the point of registration, are expected to
capture specific data    biometrics (picture and fingerprint), name, address
etc. Once they capture it, they put it together, and from time to time, they
send it to NCC through secure electronic means.





As NCC collects it to
the central system, it then checks and verifies what has been submitted by the
operators. This has been the process from the beginning; it has not changed. We
issued a Subscriber Registration Regulations in 2011 together with Registration
Specifications and these have remained substantially the same since then. What
we now have is an additional layer of verification via a Presidential Directive
and an enabling law – that all data collecting agencies of government should
harmonise their data with NIMC    because statutorily it is only NIMC that has
the powers to create a national citizens' database. So, NCC falls within the
category of data collecting agencies. So, as we collect SIM registration data, the
Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) collects (for drivers' licence),
immigration collects (for International Passport), etc.    they submit
everything to NIMC.





Now, what does NIMC do?
They also collect and verify. So, it is a continuous process. Of course    even
though technology is being used    there is no way you can verify and complete
the processing of 160 million subscribers within a short period. And don't
forget that we had 80 million, then 90 million, then 100 million subscribers
and so on   So as their data come in, we verify. That process is painstaking, it
is based on technology and it is ongoing. So the question of invalid data does
not exist.





Before you can connect
to any network in Nigeria, data must be captured by the Mobile Network Operator
(MNO) and if any data field is missing, they will not activate you.  If
they are   invalid  , these numbers will not work. They will not connect to the
network. We have the footprint of every SIM registered in this country.  What we are doing is, we are trying to verify
to make sure that the accurate information is submitted. In cases where we find
out that some of the information is missing or inaccurate, we are able to go
back to MNO to say    this number of people you have registered and submitted  
instead of four finger prints, we got three clear fingerprints, please call
them to come and update; or that the address is not correct; or that we find
pictures that are not correctly captured and needs to be corrected, etc. – it
is a process that is on-going. Every data collecting organisation needs to
verify, and it goes on over a period of time. So that is what is happening
right now.





Are you saying there is no serious problem concerning the SIM
registration of Nigerians?





There are no serious
problems. There are issues we are working to correct, but there is no serious
problem of the kind being bandied about. In simple terms, NIMC has a statutory
duty to create a national citizens' database. And it has been approved by FEC  
under a presidential directive    that NCC and all data collecting agencies
should submit their data to NIMC for harmonisation    Don't forget, INEC
has over 88 million records of peoples' data for PVC    the same way we also
have data of people that have SIM cards.





The biggest issue is
security and as it is now, as the need arises, we are able to interrogate the
subscriber database for action. The NCC has collaborated with security and law
enforcement agencies on several occasions to arrest those that use their mobile
numbers for advance fee fraud, or kidnapping, etc. Once we get requests from
authorized channels, we interrogate our database – either the MTN database as
resident with us, or the Glo database, and so on    we are able to get the
picture of the owner of the telephone number, or we get the address and we give
the details to the security people and they do the needful. They have moved
swiftly in several cases to apprehend suspects and even successfully prosecute
them.





What we are doing now is
a verification process to bring the data up to higher global standards for the
national database. So, we have been passing collected information to NIMC, and
NIMC has been doing a good job further cleaning them up and adding them to the
national database.





Also, don't forget that
NIMC is dealing with database submitted by more than four of five major data
collecting agencies and it is technology based, and so we have to be patient.
 So the question of 95.7 million invalid SIM cards does not arise. There
is no such thing. The fact is that security agencies are working with us, once
we have available information, we are able to reach out to the database and
give them the required details. And they are able to work with that. This has
been going very successfully.





What other agencies have you been collaborating with as a
Commission?





With regards to the
national citizens' database    the key thing here is that the Federal Executive
Council and the NIMC Act have given NIMC the full responsibility to harmonize
all data and create a citizens' database.  Every developed country or any
country that is serious about development and security, keep a citizens'
database which is regularly updated. We are working with NIMC, we have met
severally with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), to the
extent that after about a year and half, ONSA and NCC working together were
able to agree on the four modes of identity that people must have before they
can be registered, or before they can do a SIM swap. That is, you must have
either a Permanent Voter's Card (PVC), a Nigerian or international passport,
Driver's license, and/or a National Identity Card. If you show up with any of
these IDs, we are able to use that ID to query the system to confirm that you
are an authentic person. We worked with ONSA to get to this level.





What NIMC is doing is
putting together a central database of verified and cleaned up data from these
four key agencies and other data collecting organizations. So whenever
authorized agencies want to check anybody, all you do is to query that central
database and call up the information on the person. So you don't have different
incomplete and disjointed databases. There is a process ongoing and because of
the security implications, we cannot bring all the details out into the open.
But the regulatory agencies are working together through active collaborations,
and what people need to do is to be patient, to co-operate with us, and see
what is going to come up eventually.





Nigeria is close to
having a credible national citizens' database that will be bequeathed to
Nigerians by the Buhari administration, and that will bring us at par with
other developed countries. It will also help our security both within and
outside the country, and helps our security relationship with other countries,
especially in the fight against Boko Haram, the fight against terrorism and
also the fight against kidnapping and banditry.





How do you get other stakeholders involved?





Currently, we are
holding stakeholders' engagement with all SIM registration agents, including
the MNOs, their super agents and others along the value chain. What we are
telling them is that they must understand that they play a very critical role
in protecting the national interest as they are the first point of contact for
those coming onto the Nigerian telecoms system. We therefore require high
standards and sound ethical conduct from them for us to get a very clean
database. On this, we have been going round the Nation, meeting directly with
these agents.  We have done this in four regions now. We have done for
South-west, South-south, southeast and North-central. By next week, we will be
in the North-West.





The reason we are doing
this is to ensure that right from the point of first contact of the person who
requires SIM registration, the details are properly taken, so that once it gets
to our back-end, it is easier to properly validate and send to the central
database immediately.


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