The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has proposed a fine of N200,000 for telecommunications companies who fail to verify and validate biometric, National Identity Number (NIN) and other personal information of their service subscribers.
The commission disclosed this in a proposed draft regulation on registration of telephone subscribers 2020 recently published on NCC’s website.
The draft read “Any licensee who fails to capture, or who preregisters, register, deregister or transmit the details of any individual or corporate subscribers to the Central Database as specified in these Regulations or as may be stipulated from time to time by the Commission is liable to a penalty of N200,000.00 for each subscription medium.
“A licensee who activates any Subscription Medium without capturing, registering and transmitting the personal information to the Central Database commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N200,000.00 for each unregistered activated Subscription Medium.
The regulation also stated that mobile services providers that allow subscribers to make and receive calls, send and receive short message services and other range of services usually provided by such operators without first verifying the subscribers’ personal information, including NIN, will be fined per subscription medium.
In 2020, the federal government had asked Nigerians to enroll for NIN and link their unique number to the phone lines.
Since the announcement, there has been an extension of the deadline at least six times.
January 19, 2021 was the initial deadline, but it was moved to February 9, April 6, May 6, June 30, July 26 and now October 31.