Nigerian Subscribers Outraged Over SIM Deactivation Palaver

Across the country, huge crowd of frustrated customers of  all the major carriers in the country-MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat, shouting and wondering why their service providers should subject them to needless stress of doing their subscriber identity module (SIM) registration again.

A subscriber who spoke with our reporter at Ikeja, complained bitterly that he was shocked that more than 10 years after using his SIM for practically everything possible, he could suddenly be cut off without the slightest courtesy.

The man who introduced himself simply as Chukwudi, said when he bought his SIM card about 10 years ago, compulsory SIM registration had not been introduced, adding when the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) directed that all SIM cards be registered he complied.

Another subscriber simply named Mojeed laments: “For over three hours now, we have been here and we have not been able to do anything. Now they even said there is no more forms.  I have been using this line for over seven years now.  And back then, I bought the SIM for N35,000.  When I bought it then, there was nothing like SIM registration. But three years later, I registered my line. I even did it thrice and got messages that I had been registered. And now I am very surprised to see the text that says that if I did not register my SIM it would be blocked. And many people have called me to tell me that their lines have been blocked.

In Ibadan, hundreds of telecom subscribers also besieged the MTN office at the Mobil Area, expressing outrage over the provider’s registration exercise.

Subscribers from Abia State have called on the owners and management of telecommunications operators in the country to establish more re-validation and registration centers in the commercial city.

Some respondents who spoke to our correspondent when he visited some of the MTN outlets in the commercial hub of Abia State said the call for the establishment of more re-validation centers have become necessary in order to accommodate the overwhelming population of its subscribers and to also reduce the stress they (residents) were passing through.

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