Tackling SIM Card Fraud: Nigerian Government To Acquire N1.8Bn Telecom Infrastructure

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the purchase of telecommunication equipment to detect and block fraudsters using different SIM cards.

The approval of the new regulatory system targeted at resolving the challenges of insecurity, was granted at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who disclosed this to journalists at the end of the virtual Council meeting presided over by the President, MajorMuhammadu Buhari, said the deployment of the system would help in fighting what he called “voice traffic termination fraught.”

In his words:  “I am here to present two memos approved by the Federal Executive Council. And these two memos are to be implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission. The first memo that has been approved by the Federal Executive Council is for the deployment of regulatory systems in the telecommunications industry, which is to be implemented by the NCC.

“These regulatory systems have two components. Component number one is the deployment of a regulatory system to monitor, detect and block SIM box traffic. This is the first one and it is going to be implemented at the cost of N804, 122, 897.50 by the NCC.

“This deployment of the system to monitor, detect and block SIM is to fight what we called voice traffic termination fraught. What the two systems will do is to support our country in two major ways in addition to many others.”

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