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Verify Your SIMs Using NIN Before Our Next Action – Pantami
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Verify Your SIMs Using NIN Before Our Next Action – Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has warned Nigerians yet to verify their SIMs by linking them to the National Identification Numbers (NIN) of dire consequences. He warned defaulters of government’s imminent actions. Pantami, in a series of tweets, while reacting to a retraction on trending reports published about him by some media outlets, said no amount of intimidation will stop him from implementing the good policies of President Muhammadu Buhari on security. “If you are yet to verify your SIM using NIN, do it very soon, b4 our next action. Criminals are feeling the heat,” he said. He further noted there was no going back on the issue of NIN-SIM Verification to fight insecurity. “On the issue of NIN-SIM verification to fight insecurity,...
US Places Isa Pantami On Terror Sponsor Watchlist
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US Places Isa Pantami On Terror Sponsor Watchlist

There is disquiet in the land at the weekend follow­ing an allegation that the Minister of Com­munications and Digital Economy, Alhaji Isa Ali Ibrahim, also known as Sheikh Pantami, has fall­en on the watch list of the America’s Intelligence Service. Ibrahim, also the Dep­uty Secretary General of the Supreme Sharia Council in Nigeria and a former student of Salafist ideologies, was trained in Saudi Arabia and the Mid­dle East with other top Is­lamic jihadists. Before his appointment as a minister, Ibrahim was a known Islamic preacher and held what was termed ‘dangerous views’ against the American govern­ment with allegiance to Al-Qaeda. According to a report, the minister was said to be a very close confidant of the late Mohammed Yusuf, the killed leader of Boko Haram with w...
USSD War: Banks Unblock MTN, Reconnect Telco To Banking Channels
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USSD War: Banks Unblock MTN, Reconnect Telco To Banking Channels

After 48 hours of disconnecting MTN customers from banking channels including the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and banking apps, commercial banks on Sunday have reconnected MTN customers to banking channels. Our correspondent gathered that the development followed the intervention of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. The PUNCH had reported that the banks blocked MTN customers on Friday, leaving millions of MTN subscribers frustrated as they were unable to recharge airtime via USSD amid the Easter celebrations. MTN, with about 77 million subscribers, making up about 45 per cent of the total telecommunication market share in Nigeria, is arguably the largest telecommunicati...
USSD: MTN Snubs Banks, Links 77 Million Subscribers To FINTECH Platforms
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USSD: MTN Snubs Banks, Links 77 Million Subscribers To FINTECH Platforms

MTN customers in Nigeria now have alternative electronic payment platforms to recharge their phones as the mobile network operator on Saturday announced that customers can recharge airtime through payment solutions platforms such as Flutterwave, Jumia Pay, OPay, Kuda, Carbon and BillsnPay for customers to recharge virtually. MTN in a statement on Saturday by its Senior Manager, External Relations, Funso Aina, also said customers could recharge airtime by dialing *904# and *606#. This is coming barely 24 hours after commercial banks on Friday disconnected MTN customers from banking channels including the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and banking apps, leaving millions of MTN subscribers frustrated as they were unable to recharge airtime via USSD amid the Easter celebrati...
NIN-SIM Linkage Extended Until May 6 – FG
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NIN-SIM Linkage Extended Until May 6 – FG

The deadline for NIN-SIM linkage has been extended from April 6 to May 6, 2021 by the federal government. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said in a statement on Friday April 2 that the request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. Pantami also disclosed that the current number of monthly enrolment has increased significantly to about 2.6 million. The statement jointly signed by Dr Ikechukwu Adinde of NCC and Kayode Adegoke of NIMC read; “The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. “With each in...
INEC May Not Make NIN Compulsory For Voter Registration
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INEC May Not Make NIN Compulsory For Voter Registration

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might have rejected the proposed use of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a requirement for voter registration. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had last month, while citing Section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission Act of 2007, said NIN was compulsory for transactions such as bank account opening, payment of taxes and voter registration. INEC had fixed the first quarter of this year for resumption of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise. But speaking at a validation workshop for INEC voter education manual in Lokoja, Kogi State, yesterday, the commission’s spokesman, Festus Okoye, said the electoral body would not “impose or accept imposition of extraneous registration re...
FG Wants Telcos To Establish SIM Swap Centres In All 774 LGAs
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FG Wants Telcos To Establish SIM Swap Centres In All 774 LGAs

The Nigerian Government has approved the establishment of dedicated Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) Swap centres by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nigeria This was part of the resolution reached at the Ministerial Task Force meeting on the NIN-SIM registration held at the weekend, and chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami. Key stakeholders, who joined Pantami at the meeting, included the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta; DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Aliyu Aziz; DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullai; Comptroller-Gener...
NIN Mandatory For Bank Accounts, Voter Registration – Isa Pantami
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NIN Mandatory For Bank Accounts, Voter Registration – Isa Pantami

Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, says the national identification number (NIN) is compulsory for transactions such as bank account opening, payment of taxes and voter registration. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, he said the government is determined to ensure that all citizens have NIN. Pantami quoted section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) act as stating that benefitting from government services as a citizen without NIN is an offence punishable by imprisonment. “This is most important in the area of NIN, which is a mandatory number, based on the NIMC order of 2007 that has actively been neglected for years, ” he said. “It is key to our national planning, budget, security, social development and many more. But it was negle...
Real Reasons FG Is Replacing BVN, Others With NIN
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Real Reasons FG Is Replacing BVN, Others With NIN

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, recently disclosed that the federal government has begun the process of replacing the Bank Verification Number (BVN) and other national database systems with the National Identity Number (NIN). Daily Trust’s Business correspondents, in this explainer, further reports the real reasons behind this move. Aside from BVN, there are other key data systems in Nigeria. Some of these are the Drivers Licence, issued by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Tax Identification Number (TIN) and the International Passport Number. Others include professional licences like medical practice licence, pharmacology, nursing licence, teachers’ registration licence and engineering licence, among others. Accord...
56.2 Million NIN Linked To SIMs, Says NCC
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56.2 Million NIN Linked To SIMs, Says NCC

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have collected 56.18 million National Identity Numbers (NIN) since the commencement of the ongoing Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration started, says the Federal Government. The government added that over 1,060 registration centres for NIN have been activated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) across the country to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with their SIMs. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who announced this in Abuja, explained that the NIN-SIM linkage deadline of February 9 had been extended to April 6. According to a statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and his NIMC counterpart, M...
Government Moves NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline To April 6
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Government Moves NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline To April 6

The ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise has been extended by eight weeks, the Federal Government announced on Tuesday morning. It said the new deadline was now April 6, 2021. Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, who disclosed this in a WhatsApp message to our correspondent, said the extension was conveyed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. Pantami conveyed the message during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021.
NIN Registration Will Help To Curb Crime – Isa Pantami
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NIN Registration Will Help To Curb Crime – Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has expressed hope of the National Identity Number registration helping to curb crime and also helping Nigeria achieve a digital economy. The Minister who spoke at the Global Privacy Day Celebration, 2021 said the value of the registration exercise would become appreciated with the ease at which e-government services would be delivered, the reduction in crime, and general efficiency guaranteed by the database. Pantami said; “Identifying every Nigeria is a soft infrastructure needed to achieve our digital economy objective. “Indeed, the needed pieces for the digital economy is falling in place and we are committed to laying a solid and lasting foundation for a digital Nigeria. "I am more delighted to see ...
We’ve Licensed Telcos To Provide NIN – NIMC
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We’ve Licensed Telcos To Provide NIN – NIMC

Telecommunications companies have been licensed to register people who do not have National Identity Numbers so as to reduce the large crowds at the offices of the National Identity Management Commission, the NIMC has said . Director - General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said some other private and public organisations had also been licensed by the commission to provide NINs in order to address the crowds at commission’ s offices . This came as workers of the commission told our correspondent on Tuesday that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy , Isa Pantami , had constituted a committee to address the demands of NIMC employees. NIMC workers had downed tools on January 7, 2021 in protest against the poor welfare issues at the commission, but their strike was suspended after t...
29 Million SIMs Not Yet Linked To NINs As Deadline Expires Today
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29 Million SIMs Not Yet Linked To NINs As Deadline Expires Today

About 29 million telecom users are yet to link their National Identity Numbers to their SIM cards even as the first deadline given to subscribers expires Tuesday. A top federal government official told Daily Trust on Monday that about 176m SIM cards had been linked to their owners’ NINs. The government had given January 19 and February 9 deadlines for subscribers already with NINs and those without NINs respectively to link their SIMs with their unique identity numbers. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, did not respond to Daily Trust’s enquiry seeking to know what would be the fate of those who failed to do the linkage before the deadline. The Nigerian Communications Commission had said there would not be m...
Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs – FG Tell Nigerians
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Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs – FG Tell Nigerians

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against selling their SIM cards that are already linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), asserting that crimes committed with any SIM card would be traced for appropriate action. Sounding the warning, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami said this has become necessary as 47.8 million Nigerians have linked their SIM cards with their NINs. Dr Pantami after a review of the on-going NIN registration exercise with the Ministerial Task Force commended Nigerians for massively turning out for the exercise. The Minister in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, urged Nigerians to be mindful of the need to protect and se...
NIN Is Mandatory For Foreign Diplomats – Isa Pantami
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NIN Is Mandatory For Foreign Diplomats – Isa Pantami

The Federal Government says National Identity Numbers is mandatory for foreign diplomats, saying that an enrolment centre has been established for them at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said this in a statement by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi, on Sunday. The statement read, “The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has approved the setting up of a National Identity Number (NIN) enrolment centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The desk will be set up by Tuesday, 19th of January, 2021. “This enrolment centre will provide support for members of the Diplomatic Corps and will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital...
Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration
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Buhari’s Ministers Divided Over Cancellation Of NIN Registration

The ongoing National Identifi­cation Number (NIN) enrol­ment exercise in the midst of the deadly second wave of COVID-19 has caused a sharp divi­sion among President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, Daily Indepen­dent has gathered. A presidency source said the is­sue has thrown the ministers into opposing camps as majority of them want the exercise suspended while the other camp, led by Dr. Isa Ali Pan­tami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, wants the ex­ercise to continue. Since the commencement of the exercise, there have been concerns as crowds thronged the offices of the Na­tional Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and registration centres after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directed telecommunication compa­nies to block SIM cards not registered w...
FG Reveals 7 SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN
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FG Reveals 7 SIM Cards Can Be Linked To One NIN

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said on Friday that seven SIM cards can be linked to one National Identification Number on the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App launched recently. The minister said the ministry and NIMC are working on transforming the NIN enrolment process and the onward linkage to SIM cards as required by the Nigerian Communication Commission. “We developed an app, when you go online, you will see it. That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office. You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation,” he said. Pant...
NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres
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NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), on Thursday, warned members of its staff cashing in amid the ongoing NIN registration nationwide to desist as they risk seven years in jail when caught. The Honourable Minister, Dr. Isa Pantami has today directed the suspension of NIMC staff involved in extortion of applicants at its Bauchi and Kaduna State Offices. The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, @DrIsaPantami directs the immediate suspension of staff extorting applicants at NIMC enrolment centers.
“We Will Launch Radio Biafra In Daura” – IPOB Tells Buhari
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“We Will Launch Radio Biafra In Daura” – IPOB Tells Buhari

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Thursday dared the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop them from launching Radio Biafra in Daura, home town of the President. Their challenge came barely twenty-four hours the federal government approved N654 million for the deployment of hybrid spectrum monitoring system that would target illegal frequencies in the southern part of the country especially, the South East. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, yesterday briefed members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, how his ministry uncovered 320 frequencies being used all over the country and of this 320, 106 were illegal. Pantami said the monitoring did not cover South East. It covered five zones in the country: North East, ...
FG Declares September 16 As National Identity day
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FG Declares September 16 As National Identity day

The Federal Government has declared Sept. 16 as National Identity Day and has supported the enrolment of Nigerians for Digital Identity (ID) across the country. Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, said this in a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, his spokesperson on Tuesday, in Abuja. Pantami reminded Nigerians of the importance of digital identity, adding that the ministry was developing the right policy environment to support enrolment for digital IDs in the country. He said that the celebration of the National Identity Day would take place virtually, adding that digital IDs play critical roles in the development of digital economies, as they were often called the fabrics of the digital economies. Pantami also stressed that the importance of...
Nigeria To Replace National Identity Card With Digital Number – Isa Pantami
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Nigeria To Replace National Identity Card With Digital Number – Isa Pantami

The federal government has given an insight into the transfer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy said with the development, the concept of Digital Number would be prioritized to replace the National Identity Card. He made the disclosure in an interview with PRNigeria’s Economic Confidential. Pantami confirmed that the contribution of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased in the second quarter of 2020. The minister said broadband penetration rose significantly from a little above 30 percent to more than 42 percent in the last year. “Any country where broadband penetration incre...
Pantami Writes Buhari, Seeks End To Stamp Duty Crisis
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Pantami Writes Buhari, Seeks End To Stamp Duty Crisis

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has assured stakeholders that the crisis between the Nigerian Postal Service and the Federal Inland Revenue Service over collection of stamp duties would soon be resolved. He said he had written the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and engaged some top government officials on the way out. Top officials of NIPOST and FIRS have been engaging one another in a war of words, especially on the social media, claiming exclusive rights to the collection of stamp duties. But Pantami, while addressing journalists at a press conference to mark his one year in office on Thursday evening in Abuja, said a solution was in sight. He said, “I have engaged the Minister of Finance, Budget and National P...
President Buhari Approves Re-appointment Of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Chief Executive Of NCC
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President Buhari Approves Re-appointment Of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Chief Executive Of NCC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Umar Danbatta as executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Uwa Suleiman, spokesman to Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, broke the news in a statement on Friday. He said the reappointment was based on the recommendation of Pantami and in line with the Nigerian communications act of 2003. Suleiman said Pantami urged the reappointed executive vice chairman to improve on the commission’s performance and also ensure compliance with federal government directives. “In an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reappointment of Professo...
Pantami Blocks Twitter Users Who Questioned Silence On Zamfara, Katsina Killings
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Pantami Blocks Twitter Users Who Questioned Silence On Zamfara, Katsina Killings

Nigerians on social networking platform, Twitter, are recounting how Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, blocked them for questioning him about his silence on the attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara and Katsina states. While in the opposition in 2012, Pantami heavily criticised the handling of insurgency in Nigeria's North-East by former President, Goodluck Jonathan. He also said in an opinion piece published on an online news platform that "leadership in Nigeria has failed" and called on Nigerians to "rise up" and change the situation. An audio where he incited Nigerians against Jonathan over his handling of security in the country has also been making the rounds on Twitter, with many accusing him of hypocrisy now that the party he belongs to, the All P...
Pantami’s Decision To Mine Data Of Phone Users Trailed By Controversy
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Pantami’s Decision To Mine Data Of Phone Users Trailed By Controversy

THERE are growing concerns over the decision of the Muhammadu Buhari government to mine Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data of phone users in the country. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy disclosed government’s plan to mine phone data in a viral video circulating across the social media platforms, in which he said that the poorest of the poor in the country were identified and offered supports through the SIM registration data mined by the ministry. The Minister revealed this in a video interview with an unidentified person. The statement also aligns with the recent pronouncement by Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, who said beneficiaries of the social intervention scheme would be sourced through SIM...
Ibrahim Pantami Seeks Reduction In Call, Data Tariff
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Ibrahim Pantami Seeks Reduction In Call, Data Tariff

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Pantami, has urged telecoms companies to subsidise the cost of calls and data to cushion the effect of the ramgpaging COVID-19 pandemic. A British telecom firm, Vodafone had, in the wake of the pandemic, offered a 30-day free unlimited mobile data to half a million of its pay monthly customers. The mobile network said it was doing so as part of its support measures during the coronavirus pandemic. Customers considered “vulnerable” will be automatically upgraded, it said, while others can apply. Pantami, on his official Twitter handle, urged telecoms companies to ensure they further subsidy or reduce calls and data for citizens in this criticla time. The telecoms firms, however, said they have been supporting the nati...
Boko Haram Kicks Against New Sim Card Policy, Threatens Minister
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Boko Haram Kicks Against New Sim Card Policy, Threatens Minister

Boko Haram has kicked against the new sim card policy and has vowed to move against the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. Abubakar Shekau, leader of the terror group made this known in a recent video made public on Friday. Their grievances against Mr Pantami is the resolve of the minister to have the sim card registration policy reviewed. In the new policy proposed by the Minister, no Nigerian is expected to own more than three sim cards. All sim cards in the country must be updated with the National Identity Number (NIN) before the year ends and subscribers must tender sufficient reasons why they need more than one sim cards at the point of registration or upgrade. The initiative is said to have not augured well with the terrorists, leading to th...
Terrorists Recruit Followers, Coordinate Attacks Via Social Media — FG
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Terrorists Recruit Followers, Coordinate Attacks Via Social Media — FG

Terrorists now use social media to recruit new members and coordinate attacks, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has said. Pantami stated this yesterday in Abuja while delivering a lecture on leadership in counter-terrorism and counter violent extremism in Abuja. He said the rapidly evolving phenomenon requires the use of innovative approaches to both “counter” and “prevent” it. “It’s evident that terrorists are exploiting social media, encrypted communications, and the dark web to spread propaganda, recruit new followers and coordinate attacks’’, the minister said. He urged the security agencies to tap into the resources availed by technology and use them as potent tools for ousting the insurgents from the country. He said the development...
Communications Minister Reacts To 7.5% VAT Deductions On Phone Calls, Text Messages
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Communications Minister Reacts To 7.5% VAT Deductions On Phone Calls, Text Messages

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has urged Telecoms subscribers who wish to know the details of the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on voice calls and text messages to approach the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) for clarification. The Minister said this call became necessary following the continued inquiries by Telecoms subscribers in his office regarding the deduction of 7.5 per cent VAT by some mobile network operators. The spokesman to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman in a statement issued on Thursday, said the issues of VAT does not fall under the purview of the Ministry. The statement stated, “the office of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has been inundated with complaints and enqu...
No Nigerian Should’ve More Than 3 Phone Numbers – Pantami
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No Nigerian Should’ve More Than 3 Phone Numbers – Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali-Pantami has directed the National Communication Commission, NCC, to ensure that there should be a maximum number of SIM cards Nigerians should own, possibly a maximum of three. The minister gave the directive on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Technical Assistant, Dr Femi Adeluyi, directing the NCC to revise the Policy on SIM Card registration and usage. The statement also noted that the revision of the Policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies, following the successful revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs. The minister further directed the commission to ensure that the National Identity Num...
Pantami Orders Deactivation Of Automatic Voicemails On Existing Phone Lines
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Pantami Orders Deactivation Of Automatic Voicemails On Existing Phone Lines

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has issued a broad policy directive to the sector regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to immediately ensure that issues regarding automatic voicemails are addressed on all existing phone lines and the subscribers, given the option of accessing the service via an activation code. According to a statement issued by the Spokesperson to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, it described it as financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, through the automatic activation of the Voicemail Service on their platforms. The statement said the Voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default. It noted that the Minister finds it worrisome and ...
Telecommunication companies protest as FG orders stoppage of voicemail service
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Telecommunication companies protest as FG orders stoppage of voicemail service

Telecommunication operators in Nigeria have reacted to Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Patani's directive of deactivation of automatic voicemail service on existing phone lines. The Minister stated that phone users were being exploited financially through the automatic voicemail service which should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default. Patani insisted that voicemail is not a popular service among mobile phone users in Nigeria and also has a language challenge among rural dwellers. A statement by the minister’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, quoted him as saying: ‘’The voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default. The Honourable Minister finds it worrisome and totally unacceptable, that t...
Telecom Firms Get Five Days To Stop Illegal Deductions
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Telecom Firms Get Five Days To Stop Illegal Deductions

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission to implement a directive on the reduction of the cost of data in the country. The NCC was equally ordered to enforce an earlier directive to compel service providers to put a stop to illegal deduction of subscribers’ data within five days. The commission was given five days to act on the directives. Pantami had given the directives in October, after receiving a progress report on the implementation of Short-Term Performance Targets set for the NCC.The minister had noted that Nigerians were paying so much for data without enjoying value for money spent. The minister restated the directives during the inauguration of a new Executive Commissioner of the NCC, Adel...

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