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NCC initiates second phase of sim deactivation, disables 2.2 million lines

About 2.2 million pre-registered or partially registered sim cards across telecommunication networks nationwide have been deactivated by NCC.

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About 2.2 million pre-registered or partially registered sim cards across telecommunication networks nationwide have been deactivated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This was disclosed in a statement released by Dr Henry Nkemadu, Director, Public Affairs of the commission on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta.

NCC initiates second phase of sim deactivation, disables 2.2 million lines

Danbatta said that the sim deactivation was in line with one of the key agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen security of lives and property of all Nigerians. He also made known that the NCC had initiated the second phase of the sim deactivation following the ministerial directive given to that effect in September 2019.

Danbatta’s words: “We have since initiated the second phase of SIM deactivation based on the ministerial directive and as at today, we have completely deactivated the remaining 2.2 million lines on the networks. 

“This is contrary to reports by a section of the media, suggesting that nothing has been done with respect to the issue of improperly registered SIM cards. Following the September 2019 ministerial directive, however, the NCC, within a week, intensified efforts by reducing the number of improperly registered SIM cards from 9.2 million to 2.2 million,” he said as reported by Vanguard.

[READ MORE: NCC says deployment of 5G Network is difficult, here’s why)

Recall that Nairametrics reported when Nigeria’s Communication Minister, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami set September 25th as the deadline for registration of all sim cards in the country, after which improperly registered sim cards would cease to exist in the country. NCC had gone on to reduce the number of improperly registered SIM cards from 9.2 million to 2.42 million during the first initiation of the sim deactivation.

Speaking further, Danbatta said the reason why NCC had put in much efforts to rid mobile networks of improperly or invalidly registered SIM cards through various policy initiatives was to make sure that all the over 184 million registered SIM cards across Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) networks had valid data that were traceable.

Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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COVID-19: Dr Cyprian Ngon is first Nigerian to receive vaccine

Dr Cyprian Ngon has made history by becoming the first Nigeria to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.

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Dr Cyprian Ngon has made history by becoming the first Nigeria to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria.

Dr Ngon led the first set of health workers including Nurse Faith E. Eragbai, Dr. Nuru Joseph and Dr. Thairu Yunusa to receive the vaccine at the flag-off ceremony for COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria, which held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the National Hospital Abuja.

 

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Covid-19: First dose of vaccines administered at National Hospital Abuja

National Flag-off Ceremony for COVID-19 Vaccination taking place at the National Hospital Abuja.

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency announced the flag-off ceremony for COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria.

The vaccines were administered at the National Hospital Abuja, in an event chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, and reported by the NPHCDA on social media.

According to reports, one Dr Cyprian Ngon is first to receive the vaccine. He led the first set of health workers including Nurse Faith E. Eragbai, Dr. Nuru Joseph and Dr. Thairu Yunusa to receive the vaccine.

Speaking about the flag-off of the vaccination, the NPHCDA boss, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said: “It’s a momentous occasion today as we administer the first dose to one of our foremost frontline Medical Doctor in the fight against COVID-19.

“Today we are going to be administering the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to our frontline health workers. The vaccines we are administering today are safe and effective.”

“I salute the commitment of all health workers in saving and ensuring the protection of all Nigerians. This is a novel roll-out and the only authorised source is the Federal Government,” Boss Mustapha said.

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Nairametrics reported that the Federal Government announced the President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, will receive shots of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday to demonstrate vaccine safety to the public.

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