In a significant move to protect consumers and curb potential security risks, the Nigerian House of Representatives has directed its Committee on Telecommunications to engage with Global System for Communication (GSM) providers, including MTN, Glo, Airtel, and others, to put an end to the reselling of already purchased SIM cards.
The decision came after a motion was presented by Boniface Sunday Emerengwa during a recent plenary session. Emerengwa highlighted the transformative impact of GSM services in Nigeria since its introduction in 2001, enabling access to various services such as mobile banking, which greatly improved the country’s business environment.
However, the motion also brought attention to the issue of SIM card reselling. Currently, GSM providers resell SIM cards that have been paid for by individuals but remain unused for six months. When a fresh subscriber registers for such a pre-registered SIM card, the personal details of the previous owner may still be visible through apps like True Caller. This situation poses serious financial risks to customers, especially in the face of growing cybercrime activities.
To address this concern, the House of Representatives has given the Committee on Telecommunications a two-week mandate to engage with GSM providers and find a solution to prevent the reselling of purchased SIM cards. The committee is expected to execute this assignment promptly and report back to the House for further legislative action.
In a related development, the House has also addressed the employment challenges faced by graduates and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members transitioning to the labor market. A motion moved by Muhammad Muktar called for the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to conduct a survey and develop a database to track the employment status of graduates and corps members, facilitating their assistance in securing employment. Additionally, the House urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to collaborate with relevant ministries and develop a workable plan to retain corps members in their primary places of assignment for one year after their mandatory service.
The House’s decisions reflect a proactive approach to tackle critical issues affecting Nigerian citizens. The government’s actions demonstrate its commitment to enhancing consumer protection, promoting youth employment, and bolstering economic growth. As these initiatives progress, they are expected to contribute to the country’s development and overall welfare.
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